News of the incident has quickly spread across the country. Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU said, “There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this. Regardless of the reason for the officer’s actions, such egregious use of force — against young people who are sitting in their classrooms– is dangerous. School should be a place to learn and grow, not a place to be brutalized”. Rev. Jessie Jackson Tweeted, “The police officer should be fired and the police department should be sued”. A student, Aaron Johnson, took to Twitter stating, “Just to be clear, before the video, she was sitting quietly at her desk. Did nothing to provoke the officer”. He also stated, “The girl in the video was new to our class, and she was quiet like she never talked to anyone”.
COMMENT: This appears to be outrageous conduct on the part of the deputy. It is clear from the video that the young female student was not offering any resistance. News reports are starting to circulate indicating that this is not the deputy’s first rodeo when it comes to using brute force. This is clearly not the type of person who should be policing students, or for that matter, anyone. Discipline procedures, including his termination, should be swift.