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Students: Cop Dragged Teen From Her Desk Over Cell Phone Or Gum – Has Civil Rights Lawsuit Pending

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A new video with a much clearer angle shows the brute force used Monday by a South Carolina police “resource” officer who attacked a non-violent teenaged girl. And he’s no stranger to civil rights lawsuits.

Sheriff’s deputy Ben Fields is on administrative leave after students in Columbia, South Carolina captured him on video grabbing a female student seated at her desk by the neck, tossing her over then dragging her to the floor and across the classroom. According to one student present in the room, the unnamed student who was violently attacked by the police officer had refused to leave the room after the teacher told her to stop chewing gum. Another student says she was asked by the teacher to give up her cell phone but refused.

Here’s new video which offers a much clearer angle than the first video and reveals the true nature of the brutality waged upon the student:

Addicting Info reports they spoke with Aaron Johnson and verified he is a Spring Valley High School student by seeing his ID. Here are his tweets:

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“Some of the other students were frozen in shock, but a few students were trying to find out what was going on,” Johnson says. “The teacher seemed aloof after they left, considering he continued right on with the lesson.”

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Watch: Student Who Filmed Officer Dragging Girl Asks, How Did A Cop ‘Let It Get To That Point?’

International Business Times reports “there are two lawsuits filed against Fields in federal court, claiming he targets African-American students.”

One case was filed in November 2013, by a former student at Spring Valley named Ashton Reese, who sued Fields and the school district for violating civil rights. Reese was reportedly expelled after an “unlawful assembly of gang activity and assault and battery” after an investigation by Fields said that he was involved in a fight behind a store near the school. However, the lawsuit said, according to the Times, that Fields “unfairly and recklessly targets African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity.”

In 2007, another lawsuit was filed against Fields, Lott and another deputy named Robert Clark by a couple — Carlos Martin and his wife, Tashiana Martin — for violating their civil rights, while the officials were investigating a complaint for excessive noise. The lawsuit claimed that Fields slammed Carlos to the ground, handcuffed him and kicked him several times, because Carlos called him “dude,” without meaning to be disrespectful. The lawsuit added that Fields used and emptied a bottle of pepper spray at Carlos. Meanwhile, Clark confiscated a cell phone that Tashiana used to record the incident, threw her against a vehicle, handcuffed her and then threw her into the police car. Fields is also accused of making a lewd comment to Tashiana while she was being driven away. In 2010, a jury ruled in favor of the deputies in the case by the Martins. They appealed, but the court upheld the lower court’s verdict.

Sheriff Leon Lott has requested the FBI and Dept. of Justice investigate.

 

UPDATE: Democratic Candidates Respond To Video Of Police Officer Violently Dragging Student From Her Desk

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'THIS REVELATION SHOCKED ME'

‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test

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Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

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Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book

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Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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