South Carolina Cop Protects Community From Black Girl Insolently Sitting At Desk
You can see how she bulks up as he approaches..
Yet another example of a cop behaving badly has been caught on video, this time at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Sheriff's deputy and school resource officer Ben Fields was recorded, by two different students, pulling a high school girl from her desk, body-slamming her to the floor, and then dragging her to the front of the classroom, where he pinned her down and handcuffed her.
[contextly_sidebar id="9R2gl6C7R7MLqICUkdDugLzLqnBxREu6"]But don't worry, this isn't yet another example of excessive force because for one thing, the girl was "being disruptive" and had refused to leave the classroom after being told to do so by both the teacher and the school's assistant principal. And then she defied Deputy Fields, too! Plus, she wasn't shot to death or even Tased, so what's the big deal?
She failed to obey, so as our law-n-order types say, anything that happened after that is on her, including a 200-pound cop. That's pretty much automatic for black teenagers who get mouthy, isn't it?
It's worth noting how the Richland County Sheriff's Office has changed its tone on the videos as the story has received national attention. In an early statement Monday, Sheriff Leon Lott described the incident thusly:
The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions when she again refused ... The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested.
By Tuesday morning, Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson was explaining that Sheriff Lott had been out of town at the time of the incident, and that he was "very disturbed" by the videos. Deputy Fields has been placed on administrative leave from the school while the sheriff's office investigates, and Wilson added that Sheriff Lott has called in the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the arrest. (See Update at end of story) It's almost as if "she resisted and was arrested" didn't quite cut it, for some reason.
It's unclear exactly what happened in the math class before Deputy Fields showed up, since both videos only begin in the middle of things, giving the usual YouTube Police Experts plenty of opportunity to speculate about how the unidentified girl, either a junior or a senior, must certainly have been chanting ISIS slogans or threatening grievous bodily harm to everyone in the class. Here, if you want to see a cop fling a teenaged girl out of her desk like a sack of flour, are the videos, from slightly different angles. Let us Jim Garrison them together!
Back and to the left, indeed. And then halfway across the classroom. That's one magic deputy.
The girl and a classmate who filmed the altercation and then sassed back to the cop, Niya Kenny, 18, were arrested for "disturbing schools;" Kenny described the altercation to WLTX-TV:
"I know this girl don't got nobody and I couldn't believe this was happening," Kenny explained. "I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl. A big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle. I was like 'no way, no way.' You can't do nothing like that to a little girl. I'm talking about she's like 5'6"."
Kenny says the girl was told to leave the classroom by the teacher because she wasn't participating. After she refused, the teacher called the assistant principal, who called Deputy Fields when the girl once again refused to move. This should be all the ammunition wingnuts need to describe her as a hardened thug, don't you think?
Kenny said that when Fields grabbed her classmate and flipped her out of her desk:
"I was screaming 'What the f, what the f is this really happening?' I was praying out loud for the girl [...] I just couldn't believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back."
[contextly_sidebar id="8AO5FUjGijhZq2W7gMkXUs4JfoqgniGQ"]Wingnuts will no doubt point out Ms. Kenny's double negatives as proof that she is also a street tough whose description of the incident is unreliable. You know how those people are -- we mean high school students, of course.
As it happens, Deputy Fields is being sued in federal court by a former student alleging that Fields “recklessly targets African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity.” That trial is set to start in January 2016.
Before being inflicted on high school kids -- who need discipline, dammit! -- Fields was also sued in 2007, after a 2005 incident in which Fields, then a patrol deputy:
was accused of violating the civil rights of army veteran Carlos Martin and his wife Tashiana Anita Martin, after he allegedly assaulted Carlos over a noise complaint and “made ridiculing and suggestive comments that he was going to take Plaintiff Tashiana Anita Martin to a Motel 6.” [...]
Martin claimed that the officer “snapped” after he called him “dude,” before slamming him to the ground. He then deployed an entire canister of pepper spray on the veteran.
“You’re just another notch in my belt,” Fields reportedly told Martin, according to the court documents[.]
Ms. Martin said that that she'd taken photos of the arrest, but Fields deleted them from her camera. Fields won the court case, and Carlos Martin was dishonorably discharged from the Army for getting arrested.
Addicting Info also collects a number of tweets from students accusing Fields of violent behavior:
Another tweet, since deleted, claimed "it's sad it wasn't a big surprise to me bc deputy fields BEEN slamming kids since I graduated 3yrs ago just was never captured."
So, get ready for further investigations, and also for the Usual Suspects to start defending Deputy Fields, a brave cop who's protecting the community from troublemaking thugs who need to write more articulately. If Fox News isn't holding this guy up as an unjustly accused hero within the next 48 hours, we'll be very surprised. And remember: It's not about race. It's never about race.
UPDATE: Newsweek reports that the DOJ and FBI have opened a civil rights investigation into the incident; the only detail so far on the federal involvement is that "The FBI's Columbia office will collect evidence to determine if a federal law was violated in the incident." Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has also called for an independent investigation, saying, "We cannot and will not accept this kind of behavior from any law enforcement officer[.]" You know what that means -- now that the feds and the city elites are involved in this politically correct witch hunt against a cop, it's only a matter of time until Deputy Fields gets invited to stand on stage with Donald Trump or Ben Carson.
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