A group of parents in South Carolina are making plans to present a petition demanding that police officials drop the charges against a 16-year old student whose violent assault from police officer Ben Fields was captured on videotape. Fields yanked the young lady from her desk after she refused to comply with the teacher and the officer back in October.
The girl is charged with disturbing schools, which is a misdemeanor in the state of South Carolina.
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Richland 2 Black Parents Association is a new group that was named after the district in which the incident happened. The group said there have already been hundreds of thousands of signatures that have been gathered from all over the country asking that Solicitor Dan Johnson drop the charges.
Johnson released a statement saying he wasn’t going to anything with that particular case until the FBI finishes its investigation of Ben Fields, the offending Richland County Deputy who was later fired after the video went public.
“I do not simply decide cases based upon feelings, public opinion or sentiment, nor do I decide them based on political pressure,” Johnson said in the statement.
The punishment the girl faces for disturbing schools is a fine that could be as much as $1,000 or 90 days in jail.
The video quickly went viral, prompting the public to ask questions about police officers getting involved in discipline within the classroom. The deputy was called to the classroom when the young girl refused to stop using her cellphone and then refused to leave the classroom when asked by her teacher.
A substitute took over the class and the administrator was placed on leave in the days following the incident. Richland officials didn’t have any comments regarding if the teacher or administrator were allowed back in the school or not. The student, however, is back at school.
The Black parents group vow to ask lawmakers to change the law that gives police officers the right to arrest students for misbehaving in schools. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott blamed the current laws for allowing the situation to escalate as much as it did.