Should be Fired
S.C. Sheriff’s Deputy Is Fired After Review Of High School Student’s Arrest
October 28, 2015 8:37 AM ET npr.org
“..The sheriff said he’s glad students documented the arrest with videos, which he said were helpful in reviewing the case.
We’ve updated our earlier post with the news.
Lott said “the maneuver” that Fields used didn’t follow proper training or procedure, adding that he was upset after watching video of the moment when the deputy “picked the student up, and he threw the student across the room.”…
Attorney defends actions of fired school officer as ‘justified and lawful’
By Holly Yan and Mariano Castillo, CNN
Updated 1:08 AM ET, Thu October 29, 2015 | Video Source: CNN
“…But the student must shoulder responsibility for the disruptive behavior that escalated to the officer being called in, the sheriff said.
“When a classroom is disrupted by a student, that disrupts the education process and the students can’t learn and the teachers can’t teach,” Lott said. “We have to have discipline in our schools.”
What the student did does not justify the officer’s actions, the sheriff said, but she must take responsibility for her role.
“We must not lose sight that this whole incident started by this student,” he said. “She is responsible for initiating this action. Some responsibility falls on her.”…
Analyst: Officer within his rights
CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck cautioned against jumping to conclusions about Fields, even if the footage “looks really bad.”
If an officer decides to make an arrest, he or she “can use whatever force is necessary,” said Houck, a retired New York police detective.
“So if you don’t comply with my wishes,” he said, “then I can do whatever it takes to get you out of that seat and put handcuffs on you.”
“Published on Oct 29, 2015
On October 26th, 2015, a video of a South Carolina high school girl being assaulted by former officer Ben Fields went viral.
Army Veteran, Carlos Martin stopped by the WBLS studios because he too shared a similar story as the 16 year old, Spring Valley High School student. Martin was assaulted 10 years prior on the exact day by the same officer. He shared his thoughts and his experience.”
Should NOT be fired
Students walk out to show support for fired S.C. school deputy Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY 4:44 p.m. EDT October 30, 2015 usatoday.com
“About 100 students at a South Carolina high school walked out of class briefly Friday to show support for a school resource officer fired after video showed him throwing an uncooperative black female student across the floor, according to local media and Twitter feeds.
The students walked out of classes at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., around 10 a.m. and gathered in the atrium to express their views on the firing of Deputy Ben Fields.
Some in the crowd — which included both black and white students — wore T-shirts reading “Free Fields” or “#BringBackFields.”..”