North Carolina Sheriff's deputy fired after he body-slammed an 11-year-old student, twice: 'No child deserves to be treated in this manner'
The harrowing footage caught on a surveillance camera shows him walking in a hallway with the child as he picks up the child and slams him to the floor. After the child gets up, he slammed him to the ground again.
A North Carolina Sheriff's deputy was fired after being caught on video bodyslamming a child aged 11 twice at Vance County Middle School in Henderson. Officials said they are still yet to decide if the officer will have criminal charges pressed against him. He was earlier placed on administrative leave.
The identity of the deputy in question has not been revealed. The harrowing footage caught on a surveillance camera shows him walking in a hallway with the child as he picks up the child and slams him to the floor. After the child gets up, he slams him to the ground again. He does not check for injuries that the child may have sustained after the use of such force.
The child's grandfather John Miles told WRAL that his grandson "could have been killed."I don't care what happened," Miles said. "My grandson should never have been attacked by a grown man that we trust in law enforcement." He added, "As a pastor, I have to forgive him. I have no choice. But I still want justice done. As a grandfather, I'm just hurt right now."
School officials slammed the deputy's actions and said that it was "unacceptable" in a statement to Buzzfeed. "No student should ever experience this anywhere, especially not in our schools. We are better than this. This child deserved better than this," the statement from superintendent Anthony Jackson said. "No child deserves to be treated in this manner. To this family and our community, we are truly sorry."
Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters said the child has suffered minor injuries. "This is a use-of-force case, and the sheriff appropriately has called in an outside agency to investigate," Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters told NBC. "I’ve been able to assure the family that this is being conducted appropriately."
Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame told ABC station WTVD that he was fired "effective immediately". "When we first saw the video ... we were shocked," Brame told ABC News. "I don't expect my deputy or any deputy, or law enforcement in North Carolina to carry out their duties in that way." He told NBC, "I was stunned. I was shocked. To see a child that small reminded me of one of my grandchildren,"