#AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh: A white school resource officer (SRO), identified as Officer Ben Fields, is under investigation after a video surfaces of a confrontation with a black female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. The incident reportedly occurred on Monday.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the SRO was acting in response to a student refusing to leave the class, WISTV reports.
Lott said, “The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” WISTV reports. Lott added, “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.”
Fields put his arm around her neck and pulled her to the floor. Many people are saying he used excessive force against the student, who was accused of being disruptive.
“Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Monday night that Deputy Ben Fields will not be back at any school pending the results of an investigation,” WLTX reports.
Watch the # Arrest Video:
Ben Fields is a strength and conditioning coach:
Now it all makes sense. Officer Ben Fields is the Strength & Conditioning coach. A power lifter. https://t.co/8egkzlHLAQ
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 26, 2015
The discussion on CNN between Don Lemon and Sunny Hostin got heated. Lemon was dragged on Twitter for saying that we should wait to hear the facts before taking the student’s side.
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) October 26, 2015