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It just goes to show how different a police officer’s perspective on how something actually went down can be from the rest of us. Take this latest incident, where a school resource officer was called to the campus of Helix Charter High School near San Diego around 1:30 p.m. on Friday because a student that was on “suspension status” wouldn’t leave the campus.

The officer is said to have come in and made an attempt to get the student to leave voluntarily, and when she did not, he forced the (already handcuffed) 17-year-old, to the ground.

A statement by La Mesa Chief of Police, Walt Vasquez, reads, “As they were walking, the student became non-compliant on two separate occasions and made an attempt to free herself by pulling away from the officer,” Vasquez said.

However, the video (scroll down) obviously missed that part.

“To prevent the student from escaping, the officer forced the student to the ground.”

A 30-second-video of the incident, captured by the student’s brother who placed it on Facebook, captured the officer body slamming the girl to the ground, and then putting his body weight on her.

While the video doesn’t show what led up to the incident, and it doesn’t really matter at this point, anyway — it’s more than disturbing to see a male officer taking such forceful actions against an unarmed teen girl.

Needless to say, the Internet went nuts once folks got wind of the video.

To add further insult to injury, the statement by the La Mesa Police Dept. says the girl only suffered minor abrasions.

This is where the Internet is truly useful. Had there been no video, the public would only have the words of the police department to go by.

Yes, there is a backstory about what led up to the issues this student faced on campus, and you can read it here. However, no issue that involves an unarmed student deserves this kind of brutality, and that is what this article is about.

UPDATE: At 8 am this morning, students at Helix Charter High School staged a walk-out to protest police brutality.

Hundreds of them.

…and it worked. The cop is gone!

According to KPBS…

The officer shown in the video body slamming a Helix High School student to the ground, will no longer work on school campuses, according to a La Mesa Police Department spokesman.

The officer has been reassigned to Investigations. The spokesman also said the review of the incident is the department’s number one priority and it hopes to have results in 30 days.




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23 thoughts on “San Diego Police Officer Removed After Body-Slamming Student

  1. americanize on said:

    This is how race soldiers handled black women,men,and children,if they have to they will shoot you and just say I feared for my life.Done deal.

    • African American Woman on said:

      Oh please…Don’t disgrace the legacy of the fear, racism, and violence that our ancestors went through by comparing it with what happened here…Did you take into account that this child had NO BUSINESS at that school?…The fact that she was on suspension begs the question of why she even had the opportunity to and the balls to leave home and go back to the school in the first place? Think she was going up there to start a Kumbaya chorus? Yeah, I don’t think so. Besides, the video does not show what she did, but the article stated that she was non-compliant when asked to leave more than once. Folks always trying to run history into today’s events…You can’t even compare this generation to our elders and ancestors who faced real barriers trying to provide for, safeguard and educate their kids. For one; back in the day, parents didn’t put up with crap like this from their kids…kids DID NOT talk back to and disrespect adults…you got in trouble in school? Not only did you face the consequences there, but your behind paid for it at home too and guess what? you didn’t hear about kids getting away with stupidity like this. Now, perhaps, the officer could have handled things differently…I don’t know, I wasn’t there and the part of the video that shows her acting the fool conveniently “disappeared.” All, I know is that none of this would have happened had the trouble making brat stayed home where she belonged. Now wait, these same parents would be crying racism and other isms if other officers now decide that its too much of a risk to work with these brats.

      • americanize on said:

        Ok African American Coon,so you think fear,racism,and violence doesn,t exist today.Its negroes like you who are a detriment to black empowerment,you feel its ok for a grown azz white man to slam a young unarmed,not commiting a violent crime to be slam to the ground like a rag doll.Do you think this race soldier gives a shit that he slam a black female to the ground.She could have been seriously injured.But spineless negroes like you don,t have the backbone to call it what it is.You know he wouldn,t have handle a white girl like that.

      • African American Woman on said:

        You’re funny…So, since you could not bear the thought of a black person taking responsibility for their actions, you start with the old “coon, fake african american, etc…etc…” This girl was wrong and did not belong at the school and did not leave when instructed to multiple times! We did not see the part of the video where she was non-compliant, so we don’t know what she did and I don’t know why the officer took her down. But since you think EVERYTHING is the white man’s fault, you go to that school and take the place of that officer and see how much respect you get. People like you are the worst enemies of our communities because, if it were up to you, black folks wouldn’t be held responsible for anything they did…how is that helping us? It doesn’t- only make things worse…A true champion has standards and holds everyone to those standards and well as acts in the best interest of his people…You DEFINITELY aren’t a leader.

  2. Honestly on said:

    The savage with a badge could have broken that child’s neck. This is why when these lying and lawless cowards are gunned down people are apathetic.

    • African American Woman on said:

      Here we go…Honestly, are you wearing an orange jumpsuit and living in a place with the initials D.O.C out front cause you always sound like you are ready to start a riot. I don’t think the KKK has as much hate in them as you do, and that’s nad! LOL

    • If that’s the reason they are being gunned down, what’s the reason for the thousands of others that are not law enforcement, being gunned down Every. Single. Day?

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  4. Once again we have a prime example of “black privilege” the young lady was not allowed on property she disobeyed instructions to leave, what did she and the girl in the interview think was coming next and most important what is it with black kids and their upbringing that makes them think rules and laws don’t apply to them?? OH like I said earlier “black privilege”

      • African American Woman on said:

        I don’t know what term you want to use, but there’s a number of us who seem to think that they can do whatever they want and when they are faced with it, they cry RACISM! Just like I’m sure will come up somewhere in this story. I know plenty of black folk who are getting fed up the word racism being thrown around for any and every situation…

  5. I don’t agree with the final force that he used, nonetheless, as my momma would say, she was suspended, she should have had her pissy-tail at home. There was no reason for her to be on the campus being suspended. African American Woman, you are correct on the “this generation” comment. There is no respect of law and authority, seniors, and women/girls among a large majority of young people today. And a lot of that lack of respect began a long time ago in the child’s home. Parents trying to be their children’s friends instead of being the directive, authority figure that they are supposed to be is the blame for that.

  6. African American Woman on said:

    Hmmmm….so, a student under suspension enters the school she’s suspended from and refused to leave…does anyone but me see this as the crux of the issue??? If I was this girl and my mom found out that, not only was I suspended, but went back up to the school?! She would have thanked the officer and the school and the real pain would have happened at home…this generation is doomed to be nothing!

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