The school resource officer at a South Carolina high school who was filmed tossing a teen from her desk and dragging her during an arrest has been fired, officials announced today.
That officer, identified by the Richland County Sheriff’s office as Ben Fields, was initially put on unpaid leave after the video surfaced this week.
Today’s announcement comes after Sheriff Leon Lott said on Tuesday that an internal investigation would determine whether Fields would be fired. He said that the internal investigation determined that he was not wrong to try and remove the student from the classroom, after being asked to do so from the teacher and a school administrator, but the problem came in how he attempted to do that.
“I do not feel that the proper procedures were used at that point,” Lott said today of how Fields tried to remove the student. Source/Video Credit: ABC News