Screen capture (Credit: Shaun King)

"Come on, I'm going to get you up": South Carolina high school "resource officer" brutally attacks student for sitting while black

Officer Ben Fields has been placed on administrative leave and is refusing to comment on the incident


Scott Eric Kaufman
October 27, 2015 6:02PM (UTC)

Authorities in Columbia, South Carolina are investigating an incident at a Spring Valley High School in which a police officer violently bodyslammed a female student who allegedly refused to leave a classroom.

According to local officials, "the student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused," and "the video then shows the student resisting and being arrested."

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However, multiple videos of the incident have appeared online in the past ten hours, and none of them confirm the authorities' story that the student was "resisting":

A compilation of those videos was even posted on YouTube:

In the videos, Deputy Ben Fields can be heard telling the student, "come on, I'm going to get you up" immediately before launching her into the air and onto the floor. Fields then drags the student across the floor as others in the classroom gasp in fear.

In addition to being the school's "resource officer," Fields is a defensive line coach for the football team and serves as its strength training and conditioning coach.

The school district's official response is that "[s]tudent safety is and always will be the District’s top priority," and "[t]he District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students." An internal investigation is underway, and Fields has reportedly been placed on administrative leave.

Students have told #BlackLivesMatter activist Shaun King that they have been frightened of Fields for years:

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He allegedly attacked a pregnant woman in a similar manner in 2012:

Fox News has yet to weigh in, but this is no doubt yet another example of the fact that there hasn't been any police brutality in the United States since the 1960s.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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