“Officer Slam,” a South Carolina deputy sheriff with a reputation for physical and verbal attacks on students, has been fired. But the local sheriff had harsh words for the student he attacked.
Sheriff Leon LottÂ (photo) announced at noon today that Deputy SheriffÂ Ben Fields “was wrong in some of his actions,” and they are “not what I tolerate,” and has been terminated. But he also had strong words denouncing the behaviorÂ of the 16-year old girl the deputy threw across the classroom.
Fields, who was a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina,Â on MondayÂ grabbed the unnamed female student by the neck, flipped her over while she was still in her desk, then dragged her across the classroom floor before arresting her.
Lott told reporters that videos are just “a snapshot,” and his internal affairs division completed their investigation “solely on policy investigation” andÂ in less than 48 hours from the time the incident occurred. The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation.Â
“This incident started with a very disruptive student in the class,” Lott stated repeatedly. “She refused to leave the class.”
He noted that the “school administrator was African-American,” presumably to shield his department from allegations of racism.Â
Students’ “education was put on hold while this disruptive student had to be dealt with,” Lott accused, not suggestingÂ alternative methods of counseling her. “She prevented teachers from teaching and students from learning.”
Officer Fields “was asked to remove her from class,” he said.
“The teacher and school administrator both support the actionsÂ of Ben Fields,” Lott said, adding that they stated “he did not use excessive force.”
A “third video shows her striking him,” Lott said, noting “he was allowed to put his hands on her,” but “should not have thrown the student.”
“I do not feel proper procedures was used at that point,” once Fields deviated from procedure, Lott said.Â “The maneuverÂ he used was not acceptable.”
“Deputy Fields did not follow proper training, proper procedure when he threw the student across the room,” Lott added. “Based on that, that is a violation of our policy. About 20 minutes ago Officer Ben Fields was terminatedÂ from Richmond County.”
“We must not lose sight that this whole incident started with this student, we have to put responsibility on her for disrupting that school, that class. She needs to be held responsible for what she did.”
He added that bothÂ “students still face charges. They still need to be held accountable.”
“No charges have been dropped on anyone, and it will continue. Not going to lose sight of what they did also.”
Lott told reporters Fields did not feel remorse but was sorry the incident went the way it did. The sheriff added that Lott said he tried to do his job.
A reporter asked Lott about the victims’ injuries, which are far more extensive than the “rug burns” Lott stated she sustained. He claimed that perhaps her injuries are worse since she’s obtained an attorney.
Lott insisted there have never been complaints about Officer Fields and no one before Monday had ever complained about him, claiming he has an excellent reputation.
Tuesday night, the second student who was arrested told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Fields had been nicknamed “Officer Slam,” saying he has a reputation for body slamming girls and even pregnant women.
This is a breaking news story and may be updated.
Image: Screenshot via WLTX
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Trump Is a Threat to Democracy – Even if He Loses: Signorile
This article first appeared in Michelangelo Signorile’s Substack newsletter. To see the article in its original location or to subscribe, click here.
Here we’ve been for almost four years, worried that Donald Trump will destroy us if he wins re-election in two weeks.
But what about if he clearly and decisively loses? Prepare yourself for the fact that none of us is going to be able to take a vacation — even if he does accept the loss and vacates the White House in January.
Right now, Trump is projecting an air of invincibility. “We are going to win,” he told his campaign staffers yesterday. Later he told reporters, “I’m not running scared. I think I’m running angry. I’m running happy and I’m running very content ’cause I’ve done a great job.”
But this seems like damage control meant to stop the media from continuing to focus in on his rallies over the weekend, in which he pondered what would happen if he lost (“Maybe I’ll have to leave the country”) and begged suburban women for their votes (“Suburban women, please like me”).
According the Associated Press, quoting three campaign and White House officials, “Trump himself has alternated between disbelief and anger at the idea that he could lose to a candidate whom he views as washed up and incompetent.”
He’s freaking out. Even Trump, who often seems so out of touch with reality, sees what’s happening quite clearly. My hunch is that he knows it’s highly unlikely that he can turn things around this late in the game by switching positions, reaching out to women and people of color and others he’s losing badly, since voters are locked in and many despise him. And if he even tries, he’ll depress and possibly enrage his own base.
Another politician in such dire straits might just take that chance — certainly we’re seeing some GOP senators doing that, moving away a bit from Trump, though it’s likely far too late — but for Trump, a loss of support among his base after his re-election bid failed would be a loss of what he sees as a protective mass movement that will do anything for him.
Trump has got to be worried about investigations and prosecutions, and would no longer have the Justice Department, the military or the pardon power to wield as tools. And even if he tries to pardon himself for any crimes, which would ultimately go to the courts — or enacts the scenario his former fixer Michael Cohen envisions, in which he steps down in the lame duck, and Mike Pence briefly becomes president and pardons him — that won’t protect him from state charges.
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Trump Publicly Demands Bill Barr Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Joe Biden in Off-the-Rails Fox News Interview
In a wide-ranging and off-the-rails Fox News interview President Donald Trump is demanding Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to investigate his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, over Russian disinformation spread by his personal attorney and a conservative media outlet owned by his friend.
Trump told “Fox & Friends” Barr has “got to act” against the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden, insisting the Attorney General give credence to the disinformation before Election Day.
“We’ve go to get the Attorney General to act, and he’s got to act, and he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,” Trump demanded, before declaring, “we’re going to win the election.”
Fox News mentioned the letter sent to Barr by just 11 of the 198 House Republicans calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Bidens.
Overnight Politico reported: “More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son ‘has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.'”
On Fox & Friends, Trump says Bill Barr’s “gotta act” on the NY Post’s Hunter Biden stories, “and this has to be known about before the election.” pic.twitter.com/fjo4FEbVd6
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 20, 2020
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
‘Doubling’: CNN Hosts Visibly Unnerved After Hearing Doctor’s ‘Bleak’ New COVID Projections
CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota appeared unnerved after an infectious disease expert warned the country is about to experience “one of the darkest chapters in modern American history” thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Peter Hotez, the co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told CNN on Tuesday that the next three months were likely to be absolutely horrific when it comes to Americans’ health and well being.
Hotez began by offering a message of hope by saying that, by this time next year, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic should be much more under control.
However, he warned that things in the country are likely going to get worse in the meantime.
“As bad as it’s been it’s about to get worse,” he said. “And that’s based on projections about a fall/winter surge as people are indoors more… some of the projections just awful. We could be looking at a doubling of the number of deaths a week before the inauguration. This is tough stuff.”
Hotez said that the problem could get worse if Trump loses the election and then gives up even pretending to care about the virus.
“They haven’t really been very involved in creating a national response to begin with, I can only imagine what it’s like during that lame-duck session,” he said. “So people are going to feel abandoned. They’re going to feel on their own in what is going to be one of the darkest chapters in modern American history.”
At this point, CNN host Berman took a deep breath and said, “It’s pretty bleak.”
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