A South Carolina police officer was under investigation by his department Monday after video captured him aggressively confront a student who "refused" to cooperate when told she was under arrest.
Video obtained by WIS-TV captured a cop identified as Richland Country Sheriff resource officer Ben Fields inform the student that she would either "come with me or I'm going to make you." Moments later, the officer can be seen lifting the student up, pushing her desk backward, then seemingly tossing her a few feet away.
"Hands behind your back," he commanded during the arrest.
Sheriff Leon Lott said the "student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused." That's when the officer moved to place her under arrest.
A spokesperson for the sheriff's office later told WIS that Fields would not be back at the school while an investigation is completed.
Superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm issued a statement, saying the district is "deeply concerned" about the incident.
"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," she said. "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."
A local group, the Richland Two Black Parents Association, also blasted the officer's actions as "egregious" and "unacceptable," WIS reported.
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