Officer Who Assaulted Spring Valley High School Student Won't Face Criminal Charges
According to Richland County Solicitor, Dan Johnson, the court "found no probable cause" to place charges on officer Ben Fields.
Following the previous release of a video of a South Carolina school resource officer using force to remove a Spring Valley High School student from her classroom, no criminal charges will be handed down to the officer in question, Ben Fields, The New York Daily News reports.
According to Richland County Solicitor, Dan Johnson, the court "found no probable cause" to place charges on Fields. The officer, who was fired after the occurrence, said, "I realized that I was going to have to physically remove the student from her seat to effectuate her arrest."
Fields placed the student in a headlock after she declined to give up her phone while class was in session. He then forcefully flipped her over her desk and dragged the teen to subdue her.
Although Fields was fired following the incident, the student who was apprehended and the teenager who filmed the assault were both charged with disturbing the peace.