Target: Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina Solicitor Daniel E. Johnson
Goal: Drop all charges against both the girl who was brutalized by an officer on film and the girl who filmed it.
A teen girl who was needlessly grabbed, strangled, and thrown out of her seat by a police officer is being charged with “disturbing schools.” The girl who caught the incident on film, prompting the quick firing of the officer in question, is facing the same charge, which could include a sentence of 90 days in jail and $1,000 each in fines if they’re found guilty.
The video of the incident clearly shows that the girl who was assaulted by the officer was not being disruptive at all, but was sitting unmoving in her seat. Her classmates have also alleged that she did nothing to disturb class before the incident shown in the video other than refuse to put her cell phone away–a seemingly minor offense. Furthermore, it can hardly be said that the girl who filmed the assault was disrupting class. The classroom was already being disturbed by the violent actions of the officer.
Punishing a victim of unnecessary police brutality who did nothing more than look at her phone in class with legal charges is ridiculous. Punishing the individual responsible for exposing this injustice is reprehensible and seems like a clear attempt at intimidation. Neither of them should have to face three months in jail. Sign our petition to demand that the charges against both girls be immediately dropped.
Dear Solicitor Johnson,
Two teen girls are being charged with misdemeanor offenses in connection to an incident of police brutality that was caught on film in a Spring Valley High School classroom. Both the girl who was needlessly grabbed, strangled, and thrown backwards out of her chair and the girl who filmed the assault are being charged with “disrupting schools.”
These charges are patently ridiculous. The girl who was assaulted by the officer, who was quickly fired for his actions, was not even being disruptive in the first place. Her only “crime” was not putting her phone away when instructed. At worst, she was not paying attention to the lesson. She does not deserve 90 days in jail for this and has certainly been more than punished enough, both by the officer who brutalized her and by the media attention to the case. Furthermore, it’s a complete mystery as to why the girl who filmed the incident should be charged with anything.
There is no case here. Filming completely unnecessary police brutality should be encouraged, not punished, and the girl who was assaulted deserves an apology and restitution, not months in jail. We demand that the charges against these girls be immediately dropped and that they are left in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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