On Monday, a shocking video surfaced of a South Carolina high school resource officer violently removing a student from class, and has received national media attention.
Two days later, Officer Ben Fields has officially been fired.
The Richland County Senior Deputy has been accused of racial bias, but authorities said that school officials and at least one fellow student have publicly stated their support for Fields’ actions.
Police Sheriff Leon Lott has asked the FBI to help investigate the incident, and the Department of Justice has even opened a civil rights probe into it!
While Lott asserted that “the student was being disruptive,” his review of the assault led to the confirmation that the officer’s “use of force was unacceptable” when he “threw her across the classroom.”
Lott also revealed that the officer “did not follow proper training, proper procedure,” which led to his termination Wednesday morning.
After police investigated a third video of the assault from a different angle, they claimed that the student tried to punch the officer. But it looks to us like she was just trying to defend herself as the Fields was flipping her out of her desk:
Fields, who was also the assistant coach of the Spring Valley High School football team, is no stranger to accusations of excessive force and racial bias.
In 2013, an expelled student claims Fields targeted African Americans and falsely accused him of being a gang member. Two other cases involving a black couple and a woman accused the officer of using excessive force and battery, both of which Fields prevailed.
Hopefully, this incident is properly investigated and justice is served.
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