“She landed on her face,” bystanders screamed.
San Antonio Independent School District officials have placed a school police officer on leave pending investigation after a video of him body-slamming a 12-year old girl went viral on social and mainstream media.
School District spokeswoman, Leslie Price, has expressed great concerns over the video, which was posted online on Tuesday.
“The video is very concerning,” Price told KSAT. “We need to find out all the details as to what occurred, but I can also say that we will not tolerate excessive force in this district.”
The officer involved in the incident, which occurred on March 29, has been identified as Joshua Kehm.
In the video, officer Kehm could be seen grabbing the girl, identified as Janissa Valdez, from behind, wrestling and spinning around, before throwing her face-down to the ground and putting her in handcuffs.
As Valdez lay static while being handcuffed by the officer, fellow students, shocked by what the officer had done, could be heard in the video screaming “she landed on her face” and asking if she was ok.
The criminal-esque treatment received by Valdez has outraged many including her mom, who said claims that her daughter was fighting were unsubstantiated.
“I was upset. I was angry, because I still couldn’t believe that he had done that to her,” Valdez’s mother Gloria said. “And then she told me ‘Mom, I wasn’t fighting. Why would he do that?'”
There is no information in the video about what occurred prior to the officer’s barbaric act. But whatever it was that Valdez did, she did not deserve to be handled with such excessive force by a police officer.
We have always reiterated this: cops do not have the skills and training required to handle school kids.
Our kids are not criminals.
Get those cops out of their schools!
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