On Tuesday night, Sheriff Leon Lott indicated that he would do as much by saying “The video is pretty explicit and speaks for itself” after I asked him which way he was leaning.
Lott said the officer used excessive force.
“There’s techniques that we’re taught. There’s pressure points. There’s other things that you use. It’s called, ‘pain compliance.’ And throwing someone across the room is not ‘pain compliance,’ and that’s not something that we teach.”
Sheriff Lott said it wasn’t the take down or the flipping of the desk that was excessive.
He says it was the losing of contact with the student when he dragged her across the floor that was over the top.
Officer Fields’ attorney released a statement yesterday which reads, “First and foremost, Mr. Ben Fields would like to acknowledge and personally thank all of those who have offered their support of his actions during Monday’s incident that occurred at Spring Valley High School. The positive response and heartfelt support of Ben has been overwhelming.
We believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were justified and lawful throughout the circumstances of which he was confronted during this incident. To that extent, we believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were carried out professionally and at that he was performing his job duties within the legal threshold.
Mr. Fields welcomes the opportunity to address the particulars at the appropriate time. However, since this matter is presently under investigation with federal authorities, he is respectfully declining to make a statement at this time.
Until such time, there will be no further public comments from Mr. Fields or on his behalf.
On Tuesday I spoke with the other student who was arrested and who also videotaped the incident.
Niya Kenny says when she spoke up for the student who was pulled out of the chair, the officer threatened her.
“He said you got something you want to say? You want some of this too? And I was like no and put my hands behind my back.”
Several students in the class are supporting Officer Fields, as do the administrator and the teacher.
The sheriff who fired the officer says the student brought it on herself because she should have just complied.
He said, “We must not lose sight that this whole incident started by this student. She is responsible for initiating this action.”
“This incident started with a very disruptive student in class. This student was not allowing the teacher to teach and not allowing the students to learn. She was very disruptive, disrespectful and she started this whole incident with her action.”
The student’s attorney claims her arm is in a cast and she has a head injury.
For those who are wondering why we haven’t heard from the student.
She is in foster care and officials are not allowing her nor her foster parents to speak at the moment.