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NAACP: Officer responded to student improperly

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 01:00

President of the South Carolina NAACP, Lonnie Randolph Jr., says he does not agree with the aggressive manner in which a white deputy arrested a black high school student. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President of the South Carolina NAACP, Lonnie Randolph Jr. says "there were several things that were done improperly" in the case of a white deputy's arrest of a black high school student. "We will respond to suggestions and recommendations to respond in a humane way," said Randolph during a news conference on Tuesday (October 27). Federal authorities said on Tuesday they will investigate a white deputy's arrest of a black high school student in South Carolina, after video showed him slamming the teenager to the ground and dragging her across a classroom. Although Randolph said he did not want to respond until an investigation was complete, he said "Race is still America's number one problem." The actions by officer Ben Fields at Spring Valley High School in Columbia on Monday drew swift condemnation after video recordings of the incident were picked up by media outlets and posted on social media. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department opened a civil rights probe of the arrest to determine if federal law was broken, the agencies said in a statement. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott sought the independent investigations of the incident, which comes amid heightened scrutiny of the use of force by U.S. police, particularly against minorities. Fields has been placed on administrative duties, meaning for now he will not patrol streets or work as a school resource officer, said sheriff's Lieutenant Curtis Wilson.

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NAACP: Officer responded to student improperly

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 01:00