A video was released of a Texas police officer body slamming a middle school girl in the sixth grade. The incident occurred on March 29th where two students at Rhodes Middle School began arguing outside the building. Because of the violent nature of the police officer’s reaction, the video of him slamming the child to the ground has gone viral.
In the video, the officer is seen holding the girl up who is handcuffed and struggling against him, and he proceeds to slam the girl to the ground where she remains motionless for several minutes. In the background, students can be heard groaning, with one crying out, “she landed on her face!”. Afterwards, the officer is seen pulling the girl up to her feet, dazed as he leads her away. The mother of the student, Janissa Valdez, says she was “shocked” by the footage of the video.
The officer is identified as Joshua Kehm who has served with the department since February of 2015. Thankfully, an investigation has been launched in response to the officer’s behavior, and he has been placed on leave. Both administrators at Rhodes Middle School and the officer’s police department have launched the investigation.
While it appears in this incidence a proper investigation is being launched, it raises major questions of the ethics of police training. When a handcuffed sixth grade girl who appears to be doing no immediate harm to an officer is slammed to the ground and rendered motionless, there is clearly something off. Furthermore, the question remains whether or not the incident would have gotten the attention and proper investigation without video documentation and its viral response.
While it is valuable that police who commit such acts of brutality are being held accountable more often by video footage, we must recognize that this is not an isolated incident. The issue has arisen again and again in the last several years, and people across the nation must ask how we can begin to restructure police training programs and ensure this kind of inappropriate behavior does not continue.
By Olivia Walker – DontComply.com
I have been an author and journalist for over 10 years, my writing passions include politics and modern culture.
Sometimes some people need to be body slammed. Take Wilmington De for example. We now have a dead honor student. If the perps would have been body slammed a few times 4 years ago, we might still have this honor student. Now what do we do with the murderers? The entire school should be rounded up for an assembly in the gym and the perps should be hung by the neck until dead. That is justice. That is justice that can be seen. That will send a signal. HANG EM! It’s time to take our country back from the thugs.
If this cop needs a bodyguard I can lend him my 7 year old niece. What a fu##ing pu$$y. If I were this girl’s father I would beat this cop senseless.
She most likely suffered a concussion and should be examined
by an independent neurologist. NFL players with protective helmets have been concussed and put on concussion protocol on less severe blows.
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