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You’d think the outrage sparked at Spring Valley High after a cop was caught on camera putting a student in a chokehold and then violently slamming her to the ground would solely result in disciplinary action for the officer, but the teen who was assaulted and the other student who filmed the incident are also facing criminal charges. According to The Huffington Post: “Both girls face a misdemeanor charge of disturbing schools and, if found guilty, could be fined up to $1,000 or face 90 days in jail.”

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, said in a statement.

“These two young women have suffered enough without the justice system dragging out the process of eliminating these ridiculous charges. Solicitor Dan Johnson has the ability and opportunity to do the right thing.

“By failing to take action, he has aligned himself with far too many prosecutors around the country who criminalize black youth while failing to hold police accountable.”

On Thursday, ColorOfChange, the Alliance for Educational Justice, and the Justice for the Spring Valley Two Coalition reportedly delivered a petition to Johnson demanding officer Ben Fields, who’s since been fired, be prosecuted for his actions and that the charges against the two teens be dropped.  Johnson responded to the petition, saying he won’t move forward with the charges until the FBI has finished investigating Fields.

Efia Nwangaze of the Justice for the Spring Valley Two Coalition, on the other hand, said in a statement that the underlying issues of this case are bigger than 16-year-old Shakira and her classmate Niya. “There is a racially biased system of school discipline across the country,” she said. “Black girls are six times more likely to be punished — and more severely so than their white counterparts — and three times their black male counterparts in Richland.” Let’s not forget this is all over a student refusing to leave the classroom after being labeled “verbally disruptive.”

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  • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

    look y’all young or old, black or white, male or female in a civilize society we must be accountable in this life, had this girl acted like a girl and follow the teacher, principles and the law enforcement officer instruction she would not be facing charges today, better now than later in her life because clearly she was headed down the wrong road, by being held accountable for her actions now will give her a chance to correct herself and have the charges drop after age 18.

    • Noirluv45

      Trueletterson, kids have been acting up since the beginning of time, and they were either suspended or put on detention. There is no reason to criminalize unruly behavior (which, to me, neither girl — especially the one who videos the incident) were involved in. The reason they are criminalizing these young people is because they want to give them a record. That’s what they do to Black children/teens. You see, back in my day, kids were not only pushed using the above methods, but they were dealt with by parents. Also, there’s another thing to think about. Many kids with behavioral problems have deep-rooted issues that will not be resolved by throwing them in jail. Jails should be for real criminals. It boggles the mind that affluenza boy (who is now on the run) KILLS 4 people gets to walk while young Black kids (they criminalize more Black kids than White) get harsh punishments. There’s no excuse for that other than the cards are stacked against Black people. I’m all for suffering the consequences for bad behavior, but neither one of these girls committed any jailable offenses.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      Noirluv45 I feel you and I know all of that you say but right now we got a group of children who don’t care about nothing and as long as people like “I use to be” and you keep making excuses for them they are only going to get worst because we keep making excuses for their misbehaving, being disruptive, being defiant, and even bullying the good children who want to learn and right now the way I see it I want to save the children who know how to act and want to learn, I was a mischievous boy in my youth for a stretch from about middle school into high school I was suspended from school at least one time a year, I have children and grandchildren and have been successful raising children and one thing I didn’t do and would not ever do is tolerate making excuses for poor conduct and mis behaving and my children know don’t tell me what somebody else has done because I don’t care what some body else has done, I care about what my child has done and will hold them accountable for their action, I told them to respect those in authority [teachers, police etc.] and do right and follow their instruction and if they don’t do right let me know when you get home and I will go down there and deal with them but you do what is right and and it work for me and my wife and it will work for others.

    • Noirluv45

      Truletterson, I applaud you and your wife for raising your children to be upstanding, accountable people, BUT, that’s not the case with many children. I’ve worked with children who come from horrible homes and they act out accordingly. Many times when kids misbehave (personally, I don’t think these girls fall into that category. If you can tell me what offense the girl taking the video committed, than please do.) I think we should take each situation case-by-case. There are children with behavioral problems and arresting them and giving them records that will probably affect the rest of their lives, is NOT the solution. Let the punishment fit the crime. For example, I know a 12-year-old boy who has had behavioral problems since he was pre-K. My sister, who is a doctor and who studies nutritional deficiencies (and there are many of them), told the boy’s mother that many of his problems are probably a lack of B-12 or some other nutrient. To you, that might sound far-fetched, but it’s real. Certain deficiencies can cause children and even adults to get angry and misbehave. That doesn’t include mental health issues. I said all that to say things aren’t always x, y, and z. It’s just like with parenting, you don’t deal with your children the same way. Some kids respond to whippings, some don’t. You get my drift. I believe in holding children/adults accountable for their actions, but making criminals out of children (many as young as 4-years-old) is wrong.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      I agree with your complete comment and I wise the word we live in was perfect and everybody would do right but right now I know that’s impossible so I want to use my energy to save the ones who can be saved and want to be save and keep the ones who don’t want to be save from destroying and messing up the opportunity for the ones who want to be save, and funny you mention B-12 because for over 20 something years now if I know I am going to be in a stressful situation if I can think of it I start taking B-12 a week ahead of time and it work, so I know what you are saying is not far fetched. Peace.

    • Noirluv45

      Do you approve of that the police officer did to her? I can’t help but notice you didn’t mention that. I say let the punishment fit the crime, and that male (not man) manhandled that young lady. He was rightfully fired, and that’s exactly what should’ve happened. He was wrong for what he did.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      but if she had conducted herself like a girl it would have never gotten to that point, she disobeyed and defied a black teacher, a black principle and a law enforcement officers and I find it strange and disturbing y’all want to over look and ignore those facts, the black teacher and the black principle and the policemen are human being too their life have value too, they have family and a life that matters to their love ones you know. Peace.

    • Noirluv45

      You answered my question with a statement. Do you approve of what the police officer did? I think I know the answer to that. Since your protests only include the young lady and her ally, I assume you justified violence against this young lady. Did the punishment fit the crime, Trueletterson? You never read a statement saying that we justified bad behavior; however, so what? She refused to answer a math question. The ADULT thing to do would be 1) Call a parent/guardian; 2) Put her in detention — that’s the old-school way; 3) Do nothing and address the issue at a later time. She was NOT violent nor was she a threat to the teacher, herself, or other students. To react to this child violently tells us more about the officer than the child. Children have ALWAYS acted up. This isn’t anything new, so how did that handle disruptive children in the past? I suggest you look that up. I can tell you it wasn’t though strong-armed police officers.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      out of respect, I got to honor you by answering your question to me truthfully and my answer is under the circumstance yes I approve of what the officer did because he ask her to get up and leave the classroom more than once and she defied him just like she defied the black teacher and the black principle, and I know what y’all are going to say and my answer to that is a no if my daughter or son was in that classroom I don’t want them to have to leave so the officer can get her under control, I want her to leave so my children can do what I sent them to school for and that is to learn.

    • binks

      What does conducting herself like a girl means? She wasn’t acting non-girly, like an animal nor disruptive, if you watched the video she was just sitting there quietly despite the craziness and intensity from this thug before he attacked her. You can say she was being disobedient but the actions made BY THE ADULTS here didn’t match the level of protocol for the situation because a student didn’t want to answer a math question. I guess parents need to have bail money and send their kids with body armor if they don’t want to ask a question or decide to be reserved in class.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      you and I must have seen two different videos, this girl was disruptive, defiant and disrespectful and it’s good for her going forward to be held accountable for her disrespectful, disruptive and defiant behavior.

    • vintage3000

      I truly hope one day you encounter a violent, racist cop with rage issues, and they proceed to crack your skull open. Even better would be if it’s videotaped and folks blame you for getting blood on the cop’s fist.

    • binks

      Yeah because she deserved to be tossed like a rag doll, suffered broken bones and bruises while being pinned down and humiliated in class all because she didn’t want to answer a math question and the other young lady should go to jail because we need to teach her not to be a good Samaritan and not to have compassion when another individual is in trouble…yeah these young women should face criminal charges for “not being girls” but let’s throw them and every teen in jail for not doing what you want them to do at the time damn the alternatives like detention, giving her a zero for the day, in school suspension or any other steps they could take to correct behavior let’s just go zero to a hundred and beat them and throw them in jail. Why do we have all these schools alert local government, Congress and the President that WE NEED MORE jails and prisons. I mean she is already headed down a bad road plus jail and criminalization HAS clearly work for teens and the black community………

      See how silly this argument sounds.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      if she had follow the black teacher instruction, the black principle instruction and orders from the policemen all of this would have never happen to her and she need to be held accountable for her action before she get to old and it could cost her her life and maybe just maybe she will correct herself.

    • binks

      I am not saying that the situation couldn’t have been handle better from both sides but the point here is that the ADULTS dropped the ball and escalated the situation and made it violent not the girl. The thug who tackled her lost his cool and made a bigger disturbance than it needed to be ( and let’s not forget other students said he has a history of doing this) and it sounds like the teacher was on a power trip based on the other students statements. I am sorry but not wanting to answer a math question in class didn’t need to cause all of this. There were many alternatives and steps this Black teacher and Black principle and policemen could have taken that didn’t need to end up in brutality. Furthermore, I don’t think her and the other young lady having charges pressed against them, fines and jail time equal being held accountable for actions that the adults escalated. And again this is a misuse of the criminal justice system. Automatically throwing someone in jail is not the situation, clearly this young lady is having troubles in her personal life so she would benefit from seeing a counselor or volunteering somewhere than sitting in a jail cell.

    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Great Points Sister.

      Also, we should never respect nor follow unjust authority. We are opposed to tyranny, I never believed in unconditional support for all of the police. The police institution has been complicit in so many evils in the world that I have no allegiance to crooked cops. I will not follow unjust laws and I will not follow unjust authorities.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      now binks I always look for and enjoy your insightful comments but on this one is precisely why we need real men in the homes real men who love their family who is capable of putting their emotions aside and use logic and common sense, you sound just like my wife we have had this same debate right here in this house and you sound just like her and I say to myself if I was not here it’s no telling what would have happen to our children because she like you always think with their emotion first and the “their children can do no wrong” mentality and is prone to hide and cover up for their children wrong doings, binks this mentality you, my wife and almost all women have going unchecked without a counter balance is a major reason for most of the ill in the black community today and it not completely your fault because you are doing your job but we have fail to make real men in our community, yes we can make real men if we take off the blinders and start operating in the nature the universal god created us. Peace sister.

      PS: “she would benefit from seeing a counselor or volunteering somewhere than sitting in a jail cell.” I would hope and pray so but she must understand that in a civilize society you will be held accountable for your actions and you won’t be able to hide behind your gender or race and the more you rebel the harder the chastisement will get.

    • Noirluv45

      Trueletterson, were you as incensed about Affuenza boy who KILLED 4 people and walked? What about police officers who shot unarmed Black people?

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      about police officer shooting unarmed black people yes I am and was very much incensed but about it and the Affuenza boy getting off after killing 4 people somewhat but not much because it didn’t surprise me, I thought it was somewhat amusing that the judge fail for that and the parents of those white children who got killed didn’t push back hard however it was not the first time this has happen in this country and after last week I saw it as a teachable moment for black parents as “if you don’t make the necessary sacrifices to raise and guide your offspring no matter how much money you have or don’t have your un raise children will likely turn out to be a mess and likely to make your life a living hell also”. Peace.

    • binks

      Oh please, don’t flipped that ideology on me. Nobody here is saying children can’t do no wrong. I had a real man in my home who raised me and even he says this child was assaulted by this thug so let’s stop acting like “real men” would agree with your stance on the situation or that since I am a woman I can’t see logic and reason but must be acting with my emotions here. Whichever way you slice it the adults escalated the situation.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      ok!

    • Reina Benoir

      I’m assuming that you’re claiming to be a “real man” who would have taught this girl how to behave as to not be a victim of a power-mad, racist cop?

      You sound like the caliber of “man” who called in this roid-raging “resource officer” in the first place. Refusing to answer your question and not otherwise saying or doing anything is not grounds to call the police and treat her like a violent criminal. If you don’t know this already I rather doubt you’re the “real man” any black child needs in order to navigate this country at all.

      You’ve done nothing but blame a child for the behavior of the adults toward her as though she and the grown people were on equal footing in a situation. This situation never needed to get to this level because the teacher could have just ignored the child and taken his problem up with her at a later time. But instead because he felt the need to look like a “big man” he called in the cop who also needed to look like a “big man” which resulted in them taking their frustration out on a girl.

      There is no excuse for their behavior and the blame belongs strictly on them. Real men don’t tell their daughters that they are to blame for the crap that their victimizers did to them.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      thank you!

    • vintage3000

      “Should have acted like a girl”?

      Stfu.

      How about this thug should have behaved like a man and not choked a little girl. Or that tom who stood there while this child was being abused.

      Negro males like yourself are one of the many reasons racists have no respect for Black people. Because they know no matter how much they terrorize us, you will be standing there grinning ‘thass right boss! Cuz i knows how to ack right, yessiree!”. You, like that punk teacher and savage cop, are not real men. A white male could read your comments here and think ‘this dumbass nigger doesnt even think the women and girls in his own race should be protected”. And he would be correct.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      nope not going to do it!

    • vintage3000

      If you mean gain self respect as a Black man (like that gentleman who vehemently spoke up for this girl at the school’s town hall), then I agree. You are not going to do it because being a real man unafraid is not in your DNA as a coward.

      Btw that same cop would toss you, your wife and your kids around for jaywalking/walking while black/smoking in your own car/etc.

    • trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      that’s not true I have lived thru both era I was born and raise up in the Jim Crow south until about age 15 and I been into the military served half way around the world and have lived or worked in just about every state in the south eastern half of America and up until this day have never had handcuff on me but once and 5 minutes later he took them off of me and took another dude to jail for having a gun in his underwear’s, when another cops searched him the gun came falling out and slide down his legs and the policemen told the one who had me “look at what you miss” and the one that had me face turn red and he turn around and said to me “you can go” and said to the other guy “you are going to jail” so they let me go and that has been the story of my life “I get away” LOL…..I have done many thing that could have cause me to be locked up but because of my disposition and attitude they let me go, so what I am saying to you and other the way you act and carry yourself along with your attitude “matters” even to this day. Peace.

  • binks

    This makes me so freaking mad so the victim and the good Samaritan here are in the wrong despite the clear evidence of brutality…ugh. I swear anything to criminalize black people, particularly the Black youth. And the prosecutor is doing way to much because it is a misdemeanor so they could drop the charges and focus on more pressing cases (the court systems are backed up everywhere) or suggest alternatives besides jail and fines. But these young women already suffered, particularly the teen who was abuse by the thug.

    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      This is frustrating to me as well. To criminalize a good Samaritan and a victim of police terror is the height of tyranny. If the system convicts these Sisters, their lives could be ruined for years. This is highly distressing for the Sisters and their families (who are also the victims of a corrupt system).

  • Time for all parents to lawyer up! If you discipline your child the way this officer did WHILE ON CAMERA they’ll lock you away.