‘No justification:’ North Carolina sheriff’s deputy fired after caught on video body-slamming child

Vance County Middle School in Henderson, N.C.Vance County Middle School in Henderson, N.C. Google Maps Street View

In the school surveillance video, the deputy, a school resource officer, is seen walking with the child down a hallway when suddenly he lunges at the boy, lifts him off the ground and slams him to the floor on his back. Without checking the child for injuries, the deputy picks the student up again and throws him to the floor a second time and drags him down the hall and out of the view of the camera, according to the footage.

Brame said that after viewing the video, he placed the deputy on paid leave of absence and called in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to launch a use-of-force probe.

Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters said the boy, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries.

“This is just a stunning kind of incident. I don’t see any justification at this point for that officer’s behavior and action,” Waters said.

Waters said he expects to make a decision early this week on whether to charge the now-fired deputy or take the case to a grand jury.

“I don’t know what was said,” Waters told ABC News. “I don’t think anything that was said or anything like that could justify his action. I don’t think that will be relevant to any determination.”

Article URL : https://abcnews.go.com/US/justification-north-carolina-sheriffs-deputy-fired-caught-video/story?id=67754371

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