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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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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference

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A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.

Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.

“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”

 

 

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