Deputy Officer Ben Fields, who assaulted a girl dragging her from her seat to the floor in a classroom at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, has been fired for violating the Richland County Sheriff Department policies. The FBI has been involved in the investigation and the Justice Department has opened up their own probe into the matter.
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the girl should be held accountable for her part. “She is responsible for initiating this action,” he said. “What she did doesn’t justify what the deputy did.”
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The girl reportedly suffered arm, neck, back and head injuries, according to her lawyer, Todd Rutherford, who spoke to Good Morning America on Wednesday. Police originally said she had a “rug burn.” The girl was reportedly disruptive during class and refused to leave when a teacher asked. Fields was requested to remove the girl from the classroom.