The Huffington Post is reporting that the attorney for the 16-year-old female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, who was thrown across a classroom during an arrest, says the officer, Ben Fields, should be jailed for his actions.
On Wednesday, attorney Todd Rutherford said the girl went to the hospital Monday night and has a cast on her arm and has complained of neck, back and psychological injuries.
In an interview with the Daily News, Rutherford also said that the student is a recent orphan who lost her mother and is currently living in a foster home.
“While her identity, no doubt, will eventually be leaked to the media, it’s the goal of her foster mother to protect and care for her as well as she can considering the circumstances,” wrote Shaun King of the Daily News.
Meanwhile, the attorney for Officer Fields says his client’s actions were “justified and lawful.”
“We believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were justified and lawful throughout the circumstances of which he was confronted during this incident. To that extent we believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were carried out professionally and that he was performing his job duties within the legal threshold,” Fields’ attorney, Scott Hayes, said in a statement.
Authorities say the student was being disruptive in class and wouldn’t go to the office after she was caught using her phone in class. After Officer Fields was called to the classroom, the student still wouldn’t get up, and the deputy threw her backward in her desk and dragged her across the classroom.
Rutherford went on to say that if an officer had done that to an animal, he would be in jail. He also says Fields should not have been called to the classroom in the first place.