Like much of the free society, Jill Scott watched in horror as now former Senior Deputy officer Ben Fields took his job to the extreme and slammed a uncooperating teenage girl to the ground–while she was still in her chair.
Fields was fired a couple of days later and the question still remains whether or not he’ll face any assault charges for his actions. In the aftermath of the incident, the R&B superstar sat down with The Huffington Post to examine how the nation as a provider for the youth can do much better.
“I was [once] a teacher and I remember their mouths — I know the students have a whole day to sit down and think of something negative to say, but you’re supposed to be the adult,” Scott says. “You’re supposed to be able to take a breath and walk away, and still do your job. This is violence. He swung that child around like he hated her. And that’s too much. The way that the students and the teacher were so lackadaisical about the whole thing. Nobody screamed, nobody stood up. It looks like something that’s been going on in that school for a long time.”
In 1996, Jilly from Philly became disillusioned with her teaching aspirations and made the wise diversion to a music career. However, she still keeps on leg in the education policies. Next month, she will co-headline A+E Networks and iHeartMedia’s Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America alongside Pharrell, John Legend, Jamie Foxx and Miguel, with the proceeds going to the Fund for Progress on Race in America Powered.
“I think there has to be a test,” she continued, harboring back on the school police and student dynamic. “Just like you have to learn how to hold and to use your weapon — I think police officers need to learn how to use their minds and hearts,” she said. “These are people, and I think their fear may overwhelm them and whatever residual feelings they have from childhood or whatever.”
She continued, “I think there needs to be physiological examinations before you can become a police officer, examinations about your past and lie detector tests. It’s easy for any of us to end up in somebody’s prison, and I’d like it to be a lot harder for police officers to become police officers.”
A new report by The New York Times says the spotlight is being put back on police officers within schools, especially those who abuse their power.
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