Target: Honorable Daniel E. Johnson for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina
Goal: Prosecute Deputy Ben Fields for throwing a student from a chair and other instances of police brutality.
Deputy Ben Fields has been thrown into the spotlight for his recent run-in with a student at the high school he patrols. Deputy Fields has been patrolling Spring Valley High School for years and, in that time, he has rallied up quite a few complaints from students and teachers alike.
The most recent incident of Deputy Fields’ police brutality was caught on tape, showing exactly how violent he gets with students. The video, posted to social media just hours after it happened, shows Fields asking a student to leave the classroom. When she resists, the deputy apparently throws the desk to the ground with the student still in it and then pulls her out of her seat and throws her to the front of the room.
This is not the first instance that Deputy Fields has been accused of abusing his power. In 2005, a man referred to Deputy Fields as “dude” and, despite the man profusely apologizing for his mistake, Fields threw the man to the ground and handcuffed him. The deputy then reportedly pulled out his mace and sprayed the man’s face until his shirt was soaked. Furthermore, after catching a woman filming him, the deputy allegedly threw her to the ground and handcuffed her as well. The woman’s phone was confiscated and never returned to her.
This kind of behavior from any person is intolerable, especially from a police officer patrolling a high school. With the amount of times Deputy Field’s behavior has been excused in the past, it is imperative that the prosecutor’s office knows that the public is in support of his prosecution. Sign this petition and demand that this deputy is fully prosecuted under the law.
Dear Solicitor Johnson,
I am writing you today because I am deeply disturbed at a video of a sheriff’s deputy, Ben Fields, apparently using violence against a student at Spring Valley High School. The video shows a young girl refusing to follow Deputy Fields outside of the classroom. Upon the students refusal, Deputy Fields pushes the desk to the ground with the student still in it and then pulls her out of her desk and throws her to the front of the classroom.
This is not the first time Deputy Fields has been accused of abusing his power. Many complaints against the deputy have been filed over the years by both students, parents, and citizens alike. In 2005, after a man referred to Deputy Fields as “dude”, the deputy reportedly pinned the man to the ground, handcuffed him, and sprayed him with mace until the man’s shirt was soaked. Deputy Fields noticed a woman filming the incident and allegedly confiscated her phone, pinned her to the ground, and handcuffed her as well.
I urge you to prosecute Deputy Fields. His behavior is unacceptable and he cannot continue to get away with abuse of power.
[Your Name Here]
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