Craig Melvin and Erik Ortiz of NBC News are reporting that Deputy Ben Fields has been fired after video of him assaulting a high school student went viral. The reporters write:
“The school resource officer who was caught on camera violently flipping a South Carolina high school student at her desk has been fired, authorities announced Wednesday.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation over the Monday incident at Spring Valley High School in Columbia focused on whether Senior Deputy Ben Fields had violated the department’s policies.
He said at a news conference that the department looked at cellphone videos taken from the classroom and interviews with witnesses, and concluded that the maneuvers he used in the confrontation were “not acceptable.”
‘From the very beginning that’s what’s caused me to be upset, and (what) continued to upset me is that he picked the student up and threw the student across the room,’ Lott said.
‘Deputy Ben Fields did wrong this past Monday,’ he added.
Fields, 34, was initially suspended without pay, and the FBI, the Justice Department and state law enforcement have opened separate investigations into the brutal take down.”
Read more at NBC News.