A beacon of justice is shooting out of South Carolina following the aftermath of the viral video of the female student being violently arrested at Spring Valley High School at the hands of the school’s resource officer, Ben Fields.
The 11-year veteran of the department has just been canned.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said an internal investigation over the Monday incident at Spring Valley High School in Columbia focused on whether Senior Deputy Ben Fields had violated the department’s policies.
He said at a news conference that the department looked at cellphone videos taken from the classroom and interviews with witnesses, and concluded that the maneuvers he used in the confrontation were “not acceptable.”
“From the very beginning that’s what’s caused me to be upset, and (which) continued to upset me is that he picked the student up and threw the student across the room,” Lott said.
“Deputy Ben Fields did wrong this past Monday,” he added.
Fields, 34, was initially suspended without pay, and the FBI, the Justice Department and state law enforcement have opened separate investigations into the brutal take down.
Sheriff Lott may have announced the news but he’s no hero for the incident that caused America to stop and look at the clip millions of the times. He reminded the media that the female student was the catalyst for the Fields going rogue in the first place.
“What she did doesn’t justify what our deputy did. It doesn’t justify his actions, but she needs to be held responsible for what she did,” he said. He also spoke on how Fields was remorseful and even tried to counter claims of targeted racism by revealing the resource officer had a Black girlfriend.