S.C. sheriff's deputy fired after forcefully arresting teenage girl
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A South Carolina sheriff's deputy has been fired after forcefully arresting a teenage girl.
The classroom confrontation was caught on cell phone video. The FBI and Justice Department are now investigating.
Police say the girl was asked to leave the classroom. When she refused, deputy Ben Fields was called in to arrest her for disturbing class.
School officials called the video "extremely disturbing" and banned Fields from all district schools during the investigation.
"Our district and our school have zero tolerance for what occurred," said Jeff Temoney, principal of Spring Valley High School. "I personally have zero tolerance as well."
The student was charged with disturbing schools and released to her parents.
Deputy Fields has been the subject of two lawsuits in the last 10 years. In 2007, a couple claimed he used excessive force when questioning them about a noise complaint.
A jury ruled in Fields' favor.
In 2013, a student claimed Fields falsely accused the teen of being involved in a gang. That lawsuit is ongoing.
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