On Tuesday, footage of a male North Carolina police officer body-slamming a much smaller African American female high school student on a floor has gone viral, sparking outrage across social media websites.
The officer has been identified as Ruben De Los Santos by local media outlets. The officer can be seen in the video picking up the black teen in a pink shirt from behind by the waist and slamming her almost face first onto what appears to be a concrete floor.
Afterward, the girl lays motionless on the ground until the officer drags her up by one of her limp arms. He then pins both arms behind her back and walks the staggering teen down the hallway.
According to Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System, the officer was responding to a call about a fight between two girls, and the girl who was slammed in the video made an attempt to intervene. Luten did not identify the officer in the video by name. Luten said:
We’re in the process right now of working with the Rolesville Police Department to gather all the details around the incident to ensure that we take appropriate action.
WTVD, a local news broadcaster, reported Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said that the officer in the video has been placed on administrative leave and noted that the officer had been assigned to the high school since 2013.
‘Very disturbing video. Students should never be treated this way,’ the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Desiree Harrison, who identified herself as the mother of Jasmine Darwin (the girl believed to be the victim in the video), told local news WRAL that she was astounded by what she witness in the video. “When I’m looking at this video, I’m like ‘Oh my god, this cannot be happening to my child,'” Harrison said in disbelief.
Another video released by WTVD does show the fight between two other teen girls before they are separated, but then the camera pans to show what appears to be a brutal assault on a helpless teen by a police officer.
Local police were not immediately available for comment.
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