A South Carolina sheriff's deputy was seen using excessive force against a female high school student who was allegedly "verbally disruptive" in class, an eyewitness video of the incident reveals.
A student at the Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina recorded a school resource officer, identified as Ben Fields, asking a student to get out of her seat while he stands over her, yelling, "either you're coming with me or I'll make you."
Before giving her a chance to get up, he grabs her and flips her over, slamming her onto the ground and then dragging her out of her chair and tossing her across the room. The deputy then pins her down on her stomach as he puts her hands behind her back. He tells another student, "I'll put you in jail next."
The whole incident went down as students watched speechlessly. According to some at the school, the officer has had a history of roughing up students. The sheriff's department said it's aware of the situation and currently investigating the attack.
“Student safety is and always will be the district’s top priority,” a school district representative said. “The district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.”
According to the New York Daily News, in 2007 Fields was sued by a couple after another rough arrest in 2005. He had emptied a can of pepper spray Carlos Martin, who parked next to him, according to court documents. The two started arguing after Martin was allegedly playing loud music and Fields arrested him for breaching the peace.
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