A lot of you saw that video right here on IM last Thursday and were as sickened by it as I was.
Well there has been an update:
A Texas school police officer who became enmeshed in controversy after he was captured on video seemingly body-slamming a sixth-grade girl has been fired from the San Antonio Independent School District.
District officials said officer Joshua Kehm was terminated Monday amid an investigation into an incident last month at Rhodes Middle School, in which he appeared to restrain and then throw down 12-year-old Janissa Valdez.
“We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted,” Superintendent Pedro Martinez said in a statement. “Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department.
“We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior.”
Well I would certainly hope that they do not "tolerate his behavior."
Personally I would like this officer to face some jail time as well for assault, but I recognize that is unlikely to happen, so I guess we will have to be satisfied with the fact that he has been fired and will not be in a position to do this to anybody else.
I would also hope that it serves as a wake up call to the school districts and police forces around the country that officers placed in schools need specialized training to know how to deal with the students.
Actually considering the aggression demonstrated by this police officer, they should probably also have a mental health screening to determine if they have issues with rage.