Cop body slams girl to classroom floor and throws her to the head of the class

There are ways to get to the head of the class, but being thrown there by a muscular bully wearing a badge is so far out of bounds as to defy description. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured and we have a video of the incident filmed by one of her classmates. Without the video, who would believe that such a violent assault could have occurred in a classroom?

Her alleged crime: she caused a classroom disturbance by refusing her teacher’s order to put away her phone. He summoned Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields, a classroom resource officer assigned to the school. When she refused the deputy’s order to stand up, he went into action. Following her unscheduled flight to the head of the class, she ended up in jail along with a friend who dared to verbally object to what he was doing. Both were released to their parents.

I suppose we can all be grateful that he didn’t shoot her and later claim that he mistook her cell phone for a gun.

Welcome to Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Atlantic is reporting,

The resource officer, Senior Deputy Ben Fields, has been placed on administrative duties pending the results of an investigation, Lieutenant Curtis Wilson, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, said. The Richland 2 school district, in a statement, said Fields won’t return to any school in the district pending the investigation.

Tony Robinson Jr., a student who recorded the confrontation, told WLTX: “I’ve never seen anything so nasty looking, so sick to the point that you know, other students are turning away, don’t know what to do, and are just scared for their lives. That’s supposed to be somebody that’s going to protect us. Not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid.”

Sheriff Leon Lott said, “It’s very disturbing what happened today. It’s something I have to deal with and that’s what we’re going to be doing.” He asked the United States Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate the matter.

Deputy Fields has been in trouble before, according to The Atlantic,

Fields, who has been with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office Department since 2004, joined the School Resource Officer Program in 2008. CNN reports that Fields was unsuccessfully sued in 2007 over the use of excessive force and the violation of free-speech rights. He is one of 10 defendants in another case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January, brought by a student who claims he was unlawfully expelled. But CNN also points out that Fields was was given a Culture of Excellence Award by a Richland County elementary school where he also worked last year as a school-resource officer.

The CNN link is here.

BREAKING NEWS: According to MSNBC, the DOJ has announced that it is opening a field office in Columbia to determine whether a  civil rights violation occurred.

62 Responses to Cop body slams girl to classroom floor and throws her to the head of the class

  1. girlp says:

    Sorry the law regarding distrupting school (whatever that is) says a student can be arrested and punished with a $1,000 fine and 90 days in county jail….it is broad and can cover anything from chewing gum in class to fighting.

    • gblock says:

      Ridiculous! Any bets as to who gets arrested and goes to jail under a law like this and who gets in-school discipline or having their parents called for their minor misbehavior?

    • Malisha says:

      That law is unconstitutionally vague and needs to be challenged and taken up to the US Supreme Court if necessary. It’s like saying there’s a criminal law making it a crime to “act wrong in public” or to “be a bad person.”

      • girlp says:

        The abused students lawyer is also an elected state congressman and opposed the law, even officer Fox oposses the law. The constitutionality of the law has been questioned but so far as I know not challenged in the courts.

  2. girlp says:

    Because of the you must be legally punished law in South Carolina my son says there are 17 year olds in jail for little things like smoking a ciggarette underage, they are not allowed to finish the last year of high school and must stay in county jail until age 18 and the majority are black/brown and a smaller number are poor whites….no wonder Officer Fox said the law was too broad and should be done away with but we all know the real purpose of the law. I’m sure the guards, courts and police have other things to do than arrest and babysit someone for breaking a minor school policy.

  3. Greg Beasley says:

    I am against police brutality but this girl assaulted the police officer. Kids with a lack of respect for authority deserve a good kick in the behind since it’s obvious their parents haven’t done it. Now the parents that failed to raise their child correctly are probably going to be thousands of dollars richer.

    • You said,

      but this girl assaulted the police officer

      This statement is not true. I watched the video of the incident and I did not see her strike or attempt to strike the cop. Any contact that occurred was initiated by the officer. Assuming for the sake of argument that she did assault him at some point, I seriously doubt that the the department would have fired him.

    • girlp says:

      Her grandmother and mother are alive, she is in foster care we don’t know why put what if she is traumatized from being neglected or abused beating her will help alot huh!

      She never hit him, read the account from the student sitting behind her,she is known to be a quiet child; he could have killed her.

      • Greg Beasley says:

        The girl threw her weight back and knocked the desk over. You can clearly see her clawing at the officer and resisting arrest before this happens. Did the police officer go overboard by dragging her across the room? Yes. I think it’s sad that a man’s life and reputation have been ruined because of a brat that refuses to respect the authority of their teacher and the law. All this is going to do is teach kids that they can be disobedient without repercussions.

        • girlp says:

          She did not flipp herself out of the chair, The student behind her describes how the officer flipped her over, of course Faux News is going to tell the truth because they never lie. The SRO flipped her as was his intent, Sherrif Fox said the SRO’s technique was correct except for the part where he let go of her, google the press confernce and watch it from a local station …that’s supposedly why he was fired he let go of her when he threw her across the room. Research it, I don’t trust one word Mark Fuhrman and Mark O’Mara is looking for a paying customer since he was left high and dry by Zimmerman.

          • Greg Beasley says:

            Her desk wouldn’t have flipped over if she wasn’t bouncing backwards trying to resist arrest. What part of listening to and respecting police officers do people not understand? If I was the DA I would charge this girl and press the school to expel her unless the family drops the lawsuit that everyone know is coming.

          • She was not “bouncing backwards trying to resist arrest.” The cop threw her backwards to the floor and spun her out of her desk. Then he launched her across the room injuring her neck and back. She’s lucky she wasn’t killed or paralyzed.

            There was no basis for an arrest because she did not commit a crime. He behaved recklessly and they fired him. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Have you not seen the video?

  4. Bill Taylor says:

    i am not a lawyer…but the law at play says all “people” that interfere with a teacher, student,…and it goes on…..with that wording the law does NOT apply to the students, because they are the group the law was written to protect.

  5. Malisha says:

    First of all, you should only be arrested if you have violated the criminal code. there is no section that makes “failing to obey a teacher’s order” a criminal act and if it were a criminal act there would have to be a set description and punishment set forth. Even if there WERE a crime and she therefore WERE to be arrested (thus, not automatically a false arrest), then she should have been arrested in a standard way that follows procedures. Throwing someone on the ground by their neck in a situation where the chair they are in can injure them as they fall is NOT a permissible procedure. This was a false arrest for a non-crime in an environment where it did damage not only to the victim but to the witnesses. I do not know WHAT is wrong with those 100 students (perhaps they were bribed?) but whatever it was, they cannot be witnesses that what he did to this girl; they can only be witnesses to what he happened to do or not do to THEM.

    • gblock says:

      Short of breaking up a fight or fending off an assault against themselves or a student, teachers are not permitted to manhandle students. Calling in the cops to do something like that for them should not be an option either!

  6. Widespread response to this brutal incident has left me with even less faith in humanity. So disheartening.

  7. Bill Taylor says:

    those 100 students just handed her attorney a 100% ironclad case…..her complaint against the school and reason she refused to leave is her punishment was far too harsh for what she did…..well today over 100 kids disrupted that entire school and not one of them is facing any punishment at all = indeed she was singled out for harsh punishment when others get away with far worse……this will have to be settled out of court now the school handed her this on a silver platter.

  8. Malisha says:

    OMG there are news reports today that more than 100 students staged a protest FOR THE FIRED COP!!! They’re getting all these accolades from people who say they are good students because they understand the role of authority. WE ARE LOST! OUR COUNTRY IS GONE! The “role of authority” is to arbitrarily abuse subordinates of all sorts without regard to human rights!

    I need to get a passport and leave. I’m sorry I raised a family here.

    • girlp says:

      This is distrubing, I’m sure this was staged I’m betting by the RNC.

    • These children to not understand that no one, not even their parents, have a right to abuse their bodies. They don’t understand that any of them could have been Ben Field’s victim; it just happened to be Shakara (he’d done it before; I’m sure he would do it again).

      • girlp says:

        I blame the teacher and administrator, unless the student was out of control (violent) even verbally there was no reason to call an sro. When I was in school she would have e suspened and not allowed back until there was a meeting with the parent/guardian or in her case the caseworker it goes from there; but not injure their back, neck and break their arm. The ex-police officer needs to be charged.

        • Greg Beasley says:

          If the student refuses to leave, the police do it for the teachers, end of story. Not only did the disruptive student refuse to leave quietly, but she assaulted a police officer. The family may be suing the school and officer, but the prosecutor has every right to throw the book at this student.

          A majority of police treat you with respect if they are shown respect. If you act like a jerk that is how they will treat you…

          • gblock says:

            The student refused to leave, but she didn’t do anything to the police officer. Where did you get a lie like that from?

          • girlp says:

            She glanced at her phone, yes she should have given him the phone, disruptive is too strong a word for what happened. The teacher is an adult the student a teen the teacher escalated the situation the VP made it worse by calling in the sro. This could have been handled by in-house suspension or been suspended from school for a couple of days starting that day. Her caseworker would be the one to meet with school officials and any punishment by the school should have been handled from there…she still would have been corrected but appropriately handled. Calling in Mr roid rage was wrong PERIOD. She did not deserve an injured neck, back,face and a broken arm. If I had done this or allowed anyone else to do this to my child I would indited and convicted of child abuse. The school staff could have handled this without officer slam he could have paralyzed her or even killed her.

          • girlp says:

            Gblock I hate to agree with Nancy Grace but you can see Officer Slam ( the kids nickname for Fields) walk up to her she never attacked him. The student sitting behind her has given a full account of what happened. The she hit him came from officer Lott anyones guess why he said that, I’m guessing as part of a defense if or when the lawsuit is filed.

          • Greg Beasley says:

            Disrespected her teacher by not putting away her phone.
            Disrespected her teacher by not leaving the classroom.
            Disrespected a police officer by refusing to leave quietly and resisting arrest.

            I don’t care if this girl was white, black, mexican, or an alien, the child is a brat that deserved what happened.

          • girlp says:

            I diagree, the teacher and vp handled this wrong, there are many educators in my family and I have read other comments from teacher who say the same thing I did, this should have been handled later with parent/teacher /school admin conference and inhouse detention or a couple of days suspension whatever school policy allows including taking the phone and the teacher and school administration agrees to. Her foster care caseworker would deal with her after or during school (not the foster mother) and she would be punished appropriatly. There was no need for a SRO officer, even Sherrif Fox says that; this was poor classroom control. For a parent to break their childs arm and injure their back and head would be a crime her parent(s) would be in prision for child abuse. This is not what you do when a child is disobedient and most certantily a 300lb man who bench presses 350 should not throw a child head first into the floor. He could have killed her or paralyzed her for life. I don’t understand people who think like you this is too severe for a child and yes she is a child and thinking like a child who refused to move from the chair she never hit him not once. She put the phone away and aplogized, the teacher could have admonished her, reminded her of school policy regarding cell phone use during class. If she did it again then take the phone, if she refused then bring in the vp. The teacher escalated this, at this time there are no students from that class that day that say the student was belligerent, stubborn maybe but not belligerent the students say she did not hit the officer. If she is in foster care due to abuse I’m sure being nearly crippled by the SRO in a place where she is suppose to be safe is a good thing so now she will understand that you should accept abuse from authority no matter what.(SARC)

          • gblock says:

            “The family may be suing the school and officer, but the prosecutor has every right to throw the book at this student.”

            Throw the book at her for WHAT? She may have been disobedient, but what crime was being committed?

          • gblock says:

            “Disrespected a police officer by refusing to leave quietly and resisting arrest.”

            He had no call to arrest her.

  9. Malisha says:

    I saw a funny sign: HELP THE POLICE; BEAT YOURSELF UP.

  10. anita says:

    The girl’s mother is alive. She was recently placed in foster care. The foster mother said she is very traumatized and is receiving counseling. A lot of misinformation floating around, as usual.

    • Malisha says:

      I thought bullying was illegal in the schools. this girl was bullied in school, right in front of the teacher. They should all be sued for millions. Our society is not based on accountability, but solely on LIABILITY. Therefore the civil suit for what was done to this girl is absolutely essential. Our criminal justice system is a mockery; it is the opposite of justice. We need civil damages to restrain bullies and thugs with badges and credentials and platforms.

    • Yes, there’s a lot of misinformation in early reporting and I’m afraid I passed along some of it. I’m speculating that confusion may have arisen here if the girl was cared for by her grandmother and the grandmother died. However it happened, the child is an orphan.

  11. girlp says:

    If a parent had done this to their child they’d be in jail.

  12. anita says:

    This poor girl was recently orphaned & entered into the foster care system. It is so sad. People need to have compassion and understanding for her situation.

  13. Marsha says:

    Nancy, I honestly don’t understand you. I don’t understand why your priority is obedience over abuse, why you think that failure to comply with an authority figure warrants knocking someone’s teeth out. There are people like you posting all over the Internet and quite frankly, it scares me.

    I would have called the school counselor to take the girl out of the classroom to her office to talk about what happened. If you treat others with respect, then you get it back. There are a whole range of consequences available to the school. Violence is never warranted.

    And in fact, the counselor would have discovered that this girl’s mother died early this year, that she went to live with her grandmother who then died three months ago and now she is in foster care and grieving and scared.

    As for disrupting the classroom, she didn’t. She was caught checking her phone, she apologized. She refused to surrender it and refused to leave the class. She wouldn’t have stayed for the next period. There was plenty of time to institute a punishment later. Had I been the teacher, I would have said, all right then, we will discuss consequences later. He escalated everything by calling an abusive police officer. She hurt no one.

    Apparently people like you believe that success in life isn’t achieved by being kind to others but rather by seeking and getting power and using violence to keep it.

    And please do not tell me that you have to spank and hit children to get moral children with manners.. I wasn’t spanked, I didn’t spank my daughter and she doesn’t spank her boys and everyone has turned out just fine. Our children love us and want to please us. Model good behavior and explain why some behaviors are wrong. When a child disobeys, use natural consequences. It works.

  14. nancybenefiel says:

    I have grave problems trying to see this girl as a victim. She totally disrupted a class, preventing her classmates from learning anything. She was asked to stop, first by her teacher and then by the principal. She refused. If I had behaved such in my girlhood, the nun teaching the class would have slammed me into the backboard so hard that I would still be searching for my teeth. Do we no longer expect any kind of proper behaviour from our children?

    • Malisha says:

      Do you know what we got when we encouraged child abuse by nuns and teachers in parochial and/or public schools? We got violence against children and then violence BY children and then violence in general and then more and more violence. If non-violent action that needs to be corrected is a good reason for violence against a child, then we are a nasty, ignorant, hostile, warlike, uneducated, disgraceful, harmful, and deceitful society and we have no right to run around the world spending billions of dollars showing other societies how to behave. If a student in a classroom is not committing violence against another student or against a teacher, she should not be TOUCHED by any armed individual, badge or no badge. This was not a peaceful intervention; this was a violent, inexcusable attack.

      Blaming the victim for being somehow “wrong” is an offense against civilized society. How do we expect children to behave in a decent fashion? Not by violent assaults, but by modeling respectable and peacekeeping behavior, and leadership. If this youngster needed to be arrested, the most that should have happened should have been to ask the OTHER students to leave the classroom (except for the teacher) and to ask the school nurse or guidance counselor to come in, and for a restrained and calm conversation to have been initiated to bring her around to compliant behavior, WITHOUT VIOLENCE!!!

      Take a look at the way this cop handles a woman (probably white and apparently over 18) who is refusing to follow his directions; note that he remains calm and non-violent.

      See, it can be done.

  15. Malisha says:

    The fact that, once the girl was on the ground, the cop did not immediately say, “Oh sorry, are you all right? Are you hurt? Don’t move!” and check her for injuries is the single most telling, and most egregious, piece of this. Fields was a public safety officer and when there was a possibility of personal injury to a student RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES he responded inappropriately. He acted like she was the enemy and had to be destroyed. He must be convicted of his crimes. Even if you want to give the fascists their “throwing the girl to the ground was OK because she was mouthing off at the divine authority of the beefycop-pissypants-thug,” then you have a situation where he asserts his divine authority, and throws the miscreant to the ground.

    THEN he is a public safety officer with a possibly injured (and hear me, I do not believe she was “not injured” as all the media have said; if you are thrown to the ground while a chair/desk falls with you, head-first, you ARE INJURED) child, and he does not immediately give aid and check her for problems. He could have broken her back; he could have caused a subdural hematoma (indeed, there is still time for one to develop); he could have caused her to break a tooth and/or bite her tongue; he could have fractured a wrist or elbow; she could have begun to have an asthma attack; the list goes on and on and on…

    HE DID NOT render aid and in fact he beat up a disabled student.

  16. anita says:

    I am so sick of fucking a.m. joe & Mika,what’s a girl to do? I’ m for Hillary, cause ,I want to win. Seriously, you guys, I dig Bernie,but he cannot win. A year from now, wait & see. Hillary will win & dumbasses repubs will never win pres.again. I just hope I never have to hear Nicole Wallace’s fucking voice ever again.nite nite all,sleep tite liberals.

    • anita says:

      Excuse me for this off topic post. It was my meds. I read the cop was fired. Now he needs prosecuted. The girl is in a neck brace. I hope she recovers.

  17. MichelleO says:

    America is frightening. Me and mine can be killed extra-judicially by cops at any time, and my local government and nation will approve of it.,

    • anita says:

      I am furious, outraged & really scared that this POS thought he could possibly get away with this crime .That crazy, big ol racist defensive line football coach needs to be in prison. He has assulted others before & got away with it. I just cannot fucking stand this abuse. I’m so lucky back in my day, mid 70’s , there were no school police. I would’ve been the friend that was arrested for just speaking up,over &over. I’m white, & I’m so terrified for everyone that is going to be a future victim of these racist & bully, crazy ass, degenerate cops. Help us all, this is sickening.

  18. What next – hanging kids by their thumbs for chewing gum?

    I saw the first budding of this type of school officer mentality about a decade back in my now grown kids’ middle school. Rest assured it didn’t go over well with the parents back then either.

  19. acemayo says:

    The cell phone
    If it is true she was ask to turn off her cell phone
    She refuse then ask to leave
    Some time ago another student cell phone was taken
    The student fought the teacher
    Car accidents cell phones was involve
    Wild bear on loose person walking towards it on cell phone
    Person walking on sidewalk sunny day big hole in sidewalk person on cell phone fall in
    The cell phone

  20. . Superintendent Dr. Libby Roof of Richland School District Two released the following statement:

    “Our District is deeply concerned about an incident that occurred at Spring Valley High School today. The incident took place between a school resource officer employed by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and a student. Video of the incident is circulating on social media.

    “Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority. The District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.

    “Upon learning of the incident, school and district administrators began an investigation. We are working closely and in full cooperation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.

    “Pending the outcome of the investigation, the District has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the District.”

    • Malisha says:

      They would have pretended it hadn’t happened but for the student who caught this on film. And now they will start the inevitable “bad dangerous terrible thug victim” song and dance. This officer was known for violence against students and that is probably why the girl did not want to stand up and go out into the hall with him; would you? I would rather stay in the classroom where if, as here, the cop assaulted me, there would at least be plenty of witnesses. On the other hand if she had walked out into the hall with the copthug, he could have kicked her in the stomach, broken her jaw, and then claimed she attacked him and he had to defend. What we saw on that clip was a violent unprovoked act of battery and terroristic threatening and he should go to prison.

      • And now they will start the inevitable “bad dangerous terrible thug victim” song and dance.

        A few people have already started on Twitter:#SpringValleyHigh

        Good point about the possibility that the girl refused to cooperate because she was afraid to be alone with him.

        • William Walton says:

          Same with Sandra Bland. Until the DOJ comes into these cases and investigates, charges these rogue cops, and they are sent to jail, nothing will change. Hoping that the cops will police themselves will never happen. They will just cover up for one another. However, send a few to prison and this will most likely change.

  21. Marsha says:

    What is to investigate? He committed an assault, arrest him! They will drag this out until they think no one is paying attention and then exonerate the officer.

    I read last night that a student in the classroom said that whatever she did to annoy the teacher – he thought it might have been chewing gum – the rest of the kids in class didn’t see or hear what it was so she was hardly disturbing the peace. Afterwards the teacher went on with the lesson even though the rest of the students were very upset. When one of them questioned what happened, he replied, “She should have complied.”

    • You may be right, but this is generally the first step taken whenever the DOJ decides to get involved. Using the FBI, they conduct their own separate investigation. They will likely interview more than the two student victims who were arrested, the rest of the students who witnessed the assault and their teacher. They likely will broaden the investigation to include other incidents at the school, the school administration and teachers, and the two previous incidents that resulted in lawsuits against the deputy. They might even review complaints against the sheriff’s department. All of this will take awhile. Whether anything will come of it remains to be seen.

    • girlp says:

      He could have seriously hurt her, though I believe that psychological damage is done; how could she not have PTSD. That so called offiecer is a bodybuilder, he works out everyday and is pure muscle, he threw her far enough that he had to walk over to her. If any parent did this to their child they would be charged with child abuse.

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