School Board Chairman James Manning says a video showing the violent arrest of a black student is “inconsistent with everything this district stands for” and has asked South Carolina law enforcement to conduct an independent investigation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Board Chair: Violent arrest of student “unforgivable”
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Responding to a video showing a white deputy slamming a Spring Valley High School student on the ground, School Board Chairman James Manning says it is “reprehensible, unforgivable and inconsistent with everything this district stands for.”
Federal authorities said on Tuesday they will investigate a white deputy’s arrest of a black high school student in South Carolina, after video showed him slamming the teenager to the ground and dragging her across a classroom.
The actions by officer Ben Fields at Spring Valley High School in Columbia on Monday drew swift condemnation after video recordings of the incident were picked up by media outlets and posted on social media.
Manning said Richland School District has asked the South Carolina law enforcement division to conduct an independent investigation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department opened a civil rights probe of the arrest to determine if federal law was broken, the agencies said in a statement.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott sought the independent investigation of the incident, which comes amid heightened scrutiny of the use of force by U.S. police, particularly against minorities.