In exploring the incident in Columbia, South Carolina that caused Deputy Ben Fields to be fired for what appears to be nothing more than a use of force within the reasonable exercise of professional police discretion, a number of misconceptions that support the black grievance industry, the “Black Lives Matter” scam and the “social justice” scam were evident. Consider this from a local ACLU flack:
‘There is no justification whatsoever for treating a child like this,’ said Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. ‘Regardless of the reason for the officer’s actions, such egregious use of force – against young people who are sitting in their classrooms – is outrageous. School should be a place to learn and grow, not a place to be brutalized.
Middleton, and many like her, are either incredibly uninformed about human nature, or are willing to entirely ignore reality in favor of the pursuit of their political goals. The reality? Children, and particularly high school aged kids, are not helpless, harmless little angels. Not only are they capable of causing serious injury, even death, to adults, they often do just that, as in this example from The Sacramento Bee:
Three Florin High School students were taken to juvenile hall after a wild fight in which the school’s principal was body-slammed.
The chaotic scene played out during lunchtime Monday on the south-area campus.
A fight broke out, drawing a school resource police officer, a school official and Principal Don Ross. Students gathered around, at least one recording the melee on a cellphone, as officials tried to break up the fight.
After trying to restrain a tall student, Ross was thrown to the floor. Undeterred, Ross got back up and tried to prevent the student from fighting again.
According to the story, Ross was not “badly hurt.” By all means, take the link and view the video. He’s lucky.
Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said that two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old were arrested. Two were charged with suspicion of battery on school staff causing injury and the third was arrested for making threats toward other students and law enforcement.
Consider too, this ugly situation from Fort Worth, TX, via the local CBS affiliate:
Neighbors in a historic Southside Fort Worth block say the pranks and antics of children there have turned dangerous.
They claim a group of elementary school-aged children are wreaking havoc. They are accused of throwing rocks and onions at cars, taking bikes from front yards, and most recently setting garbage on fire.
Homeowner Maria Luna says her 6-year-old son Jessie won’t sleep in his room alone most nights.
‘Every night he’s like, ‘Oh they’re coming, Oh, I hear them!,’ she says.
The kids her child fears are just a few years older than he is. Neighbors describe them as a group of elementary school kids between the ages of 8 and 12.
You can still see the burn mark left on Luna’s property from when she says the kids set her garbage on fire. The homeowner has security camera video of the incident. While you can’t see the flames, the video shows children running away.
‘There were adults with them. You can see a lady with a stroller,’ Luna explains.
And consider this report from Allentown, PA, where multiple “children” attacked a female police officer.
Two more juveniles were arrested Friday as a result of Thursday’s melee outside William Allen high School that injured four Allentown police officers, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said.
Three youths were arrested Thursday following the fighting.
Martin said the five face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and riot. He said more arrests may be made for failing to disperse.
Martin said one of the officers trying to break up the fighting was diagnosed with a concussion and another one, the female officer seen being knocked down in a video posted on Facebook, may have also suffered a concussion.
Two other officers were injured in the fighting but were treated and are back at work Friday, he said.
Oh, but it must have been a mistake or misunderstanding! We all know there is no excuse for using force against school children!
The large groups split up into several different groups,’ Lake said. ‘Officers found themselves responding to several areas.’ As officers tried to pull the fighters apart, some of the boys and girls turned on the officers, he said.
A video posted on Facebook shows one officer overwhelmed at 12th and Chew streets. In the video, the officer appears to be knocked down by a girl and then attacked again as she chases the girl.
On Friday, Allentown police provided more details. Police said as officers were attempting to break up the fight, a female juvenile grabbed a female officer by her hair and pulled her to the ground. As the female juvenile was being taken into custody, she punched the officer in the face and the officer went down to the ground where the assault continued, police said.
They were surrounded by a large group of juveniles who also became actively involved in the assault before the female juvenile was taken into custody.
Obviously, police officers and school officials must always use only the force necessary and reasonable in dealings with students. However, there is no question that kids, particularly older kids, can be just as dangerous and deadly as adults. They are also often more prone to violence, lacking adult experience and self-restraint.
I wonder if the usual suspects would want the injured Allentown officers to be fired, just as Deputy Fields was? It would certainly be consistent.