Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said the officer shown slamming the girl was wearing a body camera and that the footage will be looked at by authorities.
A police officer in Rolesville, N.C., is on administrative leave after video posted to Twitter on Tuesday showed him picking up a girl high school student and slamming her violently to the ground. A spokesperson at the high school acknowledged the video and said they are working with the Rolesville Police Department. The incident occurred at the school but not during a class, and school officials say the officer was responding to an altercation. About 2,200 students in the 9th through 12th grades attend the school.
Eagles also said that all police officers were given body cameras back in August.
Social media users began questioning whether the officer's tactics were necessary, including the ACLU of North Carolina saying it showed a "disturbing use of force". School officials called in a sheriff's deputy who flipped her backward in her desk-chair, then tossed her across a classroom.
In a statement announcing the filing, Civil Rights Division chief Vanita Gupta wrote that the arbitrary enforcement of vague statutes such as South Carolina's contributes to the "school-to-prison pipeline", which unfairly affects minorities and students with disabilities.
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