After Cop Threw Student Across The Room, One Girl Came To Her Defense – And Was Arrested Too (VIDEO)

A deputy assigned to be a high school’s resource officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation after a video surfaced online showing him choke slam a young student out of her seat and hurl her across a classroom. Her crime? She had pulled out her cell phone during class.

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After the video went viral, people all over the world began wondering why other students, and especially the teacher, didn’t jump up to help the girl. The teacher’s inaction was inexcusable. Having called the officer down in the first place, he stood by and watched as one of his students was assaulted. He needs to own that. As for the other students? Their reaction is much more understandable.

In an interview with Addicting Info’s Cassandra Fairbanks, a fellow student and witness to the assault spoke out about why his classmates sat silently as this happened. They were (understandably) terrified:

“I was scared for her, and really anxious. Mainly I was just shocked that this was even happening.”

However, one classmate did stand up and try to defend the victim. Her experience just goes to show why other students felt the need to stay seated. Niya Kenny, a senior in the class, dared to call the cop out for the awful way he was treating her classmate – and the resource officer, Ben Fields, promptly arrested her.

Speaking with WLTX, Kenny relived her scary experience.

“I was crying, screaming and crying like a baby,” says Kenny. “I was in disbelief.”

“I know this girl don’t got nobody and I couldn’t believe this was happening,” Kenny explained. “I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl. A big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle. I was like ‘no way, no way.’ You can’t do nothing like that to a little girl. I’m talking about she’s like 5’6″.”

When Kenny says that Officer Fields was a “big man,” she isn’t exaggerating. According to school records, he moonlights as the “strength conditioning” coach for the high school’s football team. There are also videos posted to YouTube which appear to be Officer Fields documenting his ability to benchpress up to 600 pounds. It was no surprise that he was able to toss the female student as if she were a rag doll.

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He also has a history of intimidation and assault against students and others. At the school, other students had many disturbing stories about the way Fields treated them.

In 2007, Fields was sued in federal court after allegedly assaulting an army veteran over a noise complaint. The case was eventually dismissed. But his days outside of the courtroom were shortlived. He’s due back in 2016 over allegations by former students that he had harassed and unlawfully targeted African American students.

Given that background, it’s remarkable that any student had the guts to stand up to this sort of violence. Kenny, instead of getting praise from her school, was charged with “disturbing schools” and placed in handcuffs.

“I was screaming ‘What the f, what the f is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” says Kenny. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”

That seems to suggest that there is a larger problem than just Fields. Spring Valley High School appears to have covered for this dangerous officer’s actions for years. Nobody should have to spend their school days in fear that the man paid to protect them will lose his composure at a moment’s notice and hurl you to the ground. Seeing how scared those children were as they sat in a room where an officer was this violent should be a wake up call for all of us.

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