Richland County, S.C., Sheriff Leon Lott has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate an incident between a school resource officer and a female student at Spring Valley High School that was caught on video yesterday and posted online, reports The State in Columbia, S.C. The video shows Senior Deputy Ben Fields approach the female student seated in a desk. The resource officer proceeds to place his left hand on the female student's left arm, before putting his right arm around her neck. Fields then flips the desk over, with the student still seated, before spinning it around and forcibly removing the student and trying to restrain her at the front of the classroom.
That teen and another female student were arrested for disturbing the peace, said sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson. State Sen. Joel Lourie said, “I cannot imagine what could have led to such a violent response from the law enforcement officer. I am confident that both the school district and the sheriff's department will do a quick but thorough investigation to bring us all the facts and take the appropriate action necessary.”