The 15 second video showing a white police officer aggressively slamming, dragging and detaining a young Black female student has created an outrage online and now the deputy involved may be facing charges.
The incident occurred in Columbia, South Carolina at Spring Valley High. The school’s resource officer, Deputy Ben Fields, was reportedly called in to help with a disruptive student that was refusing to leave class … that’s when he grabbed her, flipped her desk over, threw her to the ground and drug her across the floor … all in an effort to ultimately cuff her.
Now, we know that at least one person in the classroom cried out in protest and that young lady was unfortunately arrested as well. Niya Kenny told WLTX that the teen, who has not yet been identified, only took out her cell phone in class and that is why she was reprimanded. When Kenny spoke out in her defense she faced the wrath of the officer as well.
Following the incident Kenny was arrested and released on $1,000 bond. The young lady initially assaulted by the officer is said to have sustained injuries and is traumatized by the event. Officer Fields has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident.
In a statement, the chairman of the school board called the video “extremely disturbing”, while the superintendent stated they are “deeply concerned”. The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the incident and we will continue to follow this story as it develops.