An investigation is underway after a video was posted to Twitter on Tuesday showing a girl being slammed to the ground by a police officer at a school in North Carolina.
The brief video, posted by @ahunnaaa, shows an officer lifting the girl off the ground and then dropping her down. The incident occurred at Rolesville High School in Wake County.
You can watch the video below:
— Ahunna (@ahunnaaa_) January 3, 2017
The video does not show what led up to the officer throwing the girl down. A witness told WTVD-TV two girls, who are not seen in the video, were involved in a fight, and the girl who was thrown down was trying to break it up.
A witness told WNCN-TV, the girl “was trying to defend her sister and to break things up.”
It happened about 7:10 a.m. Tuesday.
Lisa Luten, spokesperson for Wake County Schools, told the news station, “We are in the process of working with Rolesville Police Department to gather all of the details around this incident.”
Luten told the Raleigh News & Observer the video “does raise questions.”
Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles told WNCN-TV there is body camera footage of the incident. That video has not yet been released. Eagles said there are two school resource officers assigned to the high school, and there may be footage from both officers.
The officer seen in the video has not been identified.
The video is reminiscent of other incidents in schools involving police officers and students, most notably an incident last year in South Carolina. Then-Richland County Deputy Ben Fields was recorded grabbing a girl at her desk and throwing her to the ground.
Fields was not criminally charged, but was fired from his job.
After the video of Tuesday’s incident was shared online, several Twitter users re-posted a video of an incident in October 2016 involving Rolesville Police and a high school student.
You can watch that video below:
This is RPD in Rolesville Nc ..The boy was treated like dis by police cus he didn’t wanna get off the bus. ALSO pepper sprayed for no reason pic.twitter.com/S9o7EqhRCy
— Lilo⛽️ (@Lilodtb_) October 21, 2016
Police and school officials have not commented about the second video.