VIA| The South Carolina video of a classroom confrontation between a white sheriff’s deputy and a black student just got a whole new angle.
Speaking with NBC News earlier this week, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott revealed that a third video existed that shows the Spring Valley High School student flailing her arms and trying to punch Deputy Ben Fields as he flipped over her chair.
The incident began Monday in Columbia after the student refused to turn over to a teacher a cellphone she was using in class and then refused to leave the classroom. Fields was called in to assist, and after the girl refused to comply with his orders, he took action.
Two videos of Fields ripping the student from her chair and dragging her along the floor soon went viral, leading many to argue that this was a clear-cut case of police brutality and racism. But as has happened before, the new video might tell a different story.
By Monday evening, Fields had been suspended without pay and an internal investigation had been launched. Two days later, Lott revealed that a third video essentially vindicated Fields.
“I wanted to throw up,” Lott said in regard to the first video. “This makes you sick to your stomach when you see that initial video. But that’s just a snapshot.”
According to Lott, the third video showed the student attempting to punch Fields in the face after he put his hands on her. The point appears to be that Fields had no other option but to pull the girl out of her seat and try to get her under control.
These captured images from the Facebook Page “Police Officers” clearly show what the student did that the media has no intention of reporting.
However, many parents, particularly black parents, continue to claim that the incident was about both police brutality and racism.
Reaction to the video has been swift, and members of the group the Richland Two Black Parents Association called the officers’ actions “unacceptable” in a statement released to WIS.
Not surprisingly, the association made no mention of teaching children to simply follow the rules.