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Deputy who tossed SC high school student won't be charged

Officer who slammed black student in viral video won’t face criminal charges news tossed student Deputy who tossed SC high school student won't be charged
Irmina Pasquarelli | 03 Settembre, 2016, 04:38

Friday, Dan Johnson, solicitor of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of SC, said Senior Deputy Ben Fields' actions in the classroom of Spring Valley High School on October 26, 2015, do not warrant criminal charges.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A SC solicitor says a sheriff's deputy will face no charges for tossing a student across a classroom after she refused to put away her cellphone.

Johnson issued a 12 page letter to Captain John Bishop with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, where he said he reviewed the evidence presented by Bishop's agency and gave his reasons for his decision.

Neither the fired Richland County school resource officer nor the two Spring Valley High School students involved last fall in a classroom confrontation that went viral will be charged with crimes, the local prosecutors office said Friday. When Senior Deputy Fields attempted to apprehend her, the student resisted and a struggle ensued, and the several students in the classroom videotaped the incident.

"(I) t is my legal opinion that under the relevant law, SRO Fields' conduct on October 26, 2015, does not warrant criminal charges", Johnson wrote.

Columbia, South Carolina-based television station WLTX reported Fifth District Solicitor Dan Johnson has also dismissed charges of disturbing school that had been brought against the student and another girl in the classroom who spoke out against the incident.

Senior Deputy Fields was sacked from the Richland County Sheriff's Office after the video surfaced.

As for the student who he removed, Johnson felt the investigation was compromised by the firing of Fields and administration action taken against the teacher.

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