Cop Who Beat Teen Girl Accused Of Targeting Black Students, Rape Threats (IMAGES/VIDEO)

It turns out that the deputy who became famous on Monday evening for brutalizing a black female student has a history of complaints and has been the subject of two federal lawsuits  one for targeting black youth, and one for attacking an army veteran over a noise complaint and threatening to rape his wife as she was arrested.

The videos, which trended globally on Facebook and Twitter on Monday evening, captured a teenage girl sitting at her desk in her classroom at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, when Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields, 34, approached and grabbed her  before wrapping his arm around her throat. The deputy then flips her desk over and proceeds to throw her across the room.

It turns out, Fields is already set to begin a jury trial on January 27, 2016, for a lawsuit filed in federal court by a former student who alleges the deputy “recklessly targets African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity.”

Former Spring Valley student Ashton James Reese filed the federal complaint after he was expelled from the high school for “unlawful assembly of gang activity and assault and battery,” in 2013.  The former student was accused by Fields of participating in a “gang related” fight in a Walmart parking lot near the school.

The student claims that he is not part of any gang, and was simply targeted by the deputy due to the color of his skin.  You can read the full complaint here.

Fields was also sued in federal court in 2007 over a 2005 incident when he was a patrol deputy. He was accused of violating the civil rights of army veteran Carlos Martin and his wife Tashiana Anita Martin, after he allegedly assaulted Carlos over a noise complaint and “made ridiculing and suggestive comments that he was going to take Plaintiff Tashiana Anita Martin to a Motel 6.”

Provided to Daily News via Carlos Martin

Provided to Daily News via Carlos Martin

The 36-year-old Army veteran told the Daily News:

“I recognized him on the spot. I remembered how big he was.”

Martin claimed that the officer “snapped” after he called him “dude,” before slamming him to the ground. He then deployed an entire canister of pepper spray on the veteran.

“You’re just another notch in my belt,” Fields reportedly told Martin, according to the court documents which you can read here.

His wife ran out to take photos, which they claim that Fields deleted.

The officer was ultimately cleared in court.

Martin was honorably discharged over the arrest and his military career was ruined.

Students and former students also took to Twitter to share stories:

From the sounds of things, this deputy is a full scale menace to society, so what on earth was he doing working in a school?

Featured Image via Daily News/Carlos Martin