The Richland County sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields’ rough takedown and arrest of an uncooperative 16-year-old girl in Spring Valley High School raised a national uproar.The fact that he is white and the girl is black instantly became part of the ongoing national debate about how black people are treated by police.
By that simple standard, can we acknowledge that both the teen and the cop behaved badly? OR, is this simple child abuse and could be handle differently.
The student — whose identity was withheld because of her age — was told multiple times by her math teacher and a school administrator to leave the classroom for using her cellphone, according to Fields’ boss, Sheriff Leon Lott.
When she refused, Fields was called in to remove her from the room, which he proceeded to do in a fashion that cannot in any way be described as gentle. On video shot by other students with their cellphone cameras, Fields grabs the student’s chair, flips her backward out of her desk, drags her swiftly across the floor and tosses her across the room like a rag doll before he cuffs her hands behind her back. – Chicago Tribune READ MORE>