A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been taken out of a school where he worked as a resource officer, after a video surfaced of him slamming a student to the ground as classmates looked on in shock.
Deputy Ben Fields was captured on camera at Spring Valley High School in Columbia ordering a student out her seat and from there, things got ugly. Fields, who is a power lifter in his free time, can be seen standing over the students desk and saying “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.”
There’s very little time between him making this statement and his next move where he grabs and flips her over, slamming her, and her desk, onto the ground.
She’s dragged out of her chair and tossed across the room as students look on in horror. The deputy eventually pins the girl down as he puts her hand behind her back. He tells another student, “I’ll put you in jail next.”
The female wasn’t injured and later released to her parents, authorities said.
Students went on to say he has a history of roughing up students.
On his now recently deleted twitter page Fields describes himself as a football coach for the school’s defensive line, as well as a strength coach.
Richard County Sheriff Leon Lott said he viewed the video and found it “disturbing.” Lt. Curtis Wilson said since the video the deputy has been removed and placed on administrative duty while the attack is being investigated.
“The video is going to be helpful because it shows us what happened,” Wilson said.
Officials are looking into what happened in the moments leading up to the attack cops said. Police said the student was being put under arrest due to her refusing to leave the classroom after being disruptive.
The school’s superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm made a statement after, and said the video was deeply concerning.
“Student safety is and always will be the district’s top priority,” Hamm said. “The district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.”
Since the video has gone viral it has been everywhere and prompted many people on social media to react. The famous Rev. Jesse Jackson even made a tweet about the situation. You can check out his tweet as well as the video below.
The full video of the Spring Valley High School Police Officer brutally assaulting a peaceful student. pic.twitter.com/oHIS8GrtSS
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 26, 2015
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) October 27, 2015
Yes, Deputy Fields has done this numerous times. But this is the first time I've seen it captured on video and shared like this.
— ANM.❤️ (@FakeAsian__) October 26, 2015
Some students refer to Fields as the Incredible Hulk for his massive build, and he has been accused of being violent in the past. He was sued in 2007 by a couple that accused him of manhandling them during an arrest in 2005.
Fields sprayed a can of pepper spray on Carlos Martin, who had simply parked next to him court docs say. The two began to argue after Martin started to play his music loudly and Fields arrested him for breach of peace.
Deputy fields is huge!!! Wouldn't be surprised if he freakin broke that girls neck wtf
— Hillary Reeves (@hillaree_) October 26, 2015
So y'all really think them students was gon run up to Fields after watching the girl being thrown like a piece of paper? Nah fam
— Freckles☺️ (@morgie_orgie_g) October 26, 2015
During that arrest, Martin’s wife, Tashiana, snapped photos of the arrest but Fields had his partner take her phone, and that eventually got thrown against a car and she was arrested as well. There are a few more reactions to the video below.
This is one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen. I was hoping it wasn't real. (Note: TRIGGER WARNING) https://t.co/1SL0UGd5Du
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) October 26, 2015
So let me get this right. Some of you are justifying Ben Fields assaulting the young girl because she wasn't cooperating with him?
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) October 26, 2015
Officer Ben Fields #youAtrueCoward — I wish they drop you off in my hood..
— Waka Flocka Flame (@WakaFlocka) October 26, 2015