Content note for police violence against children of color.
Last week in South Carolina, a white school officer, Deputy Ben Fields — or officer slam, as he has been known among the school’s students prior to this incident — attacked a non-resisting, silent teenage girl by violently throwing her from her seat, causing her multiple physical injuries and emotional trauma. Her crime? Earlier in the class period, she did not immediately comply with a teacher’s request to put away her cell phone. Additionally, she was black.
Fortunately, one of her classmates took out his phone and videotaped the encounter. In the video, as many have pointed out, it is clear that the officer made no attempt at intervention, other than to move the girl’s laptop off her desk, indicating that he had decided to attack her (which is the proper verb for when an adult man throws a teenage girl onto the ground) from the very beginning of the encounter. Continue reading