Hideous video footage of a La Mesa police officer slamming an arrested high school student to the ground on Friday has sparked outrage, with community leaders who are calling for the officer’s removal.
The incident happened at Helix Charter High School about 1:30 p.m. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the interaction between the police officer and the student was captured in a 30-second video that shows a the girl being attacked by the clearly deranged officer.
The psycho cop beat the hell out of the girl because the 17-year-old student had been suspended but allegedly refused to leave the University Avenue campus.
However the video makes it difficult for any reasonable person to believe the spin put out by La Mesa police Chief Walt Vasquez.
According to the police department’s story-line, a school resource officer tried to get the girl to leave voluntarily, then ordered her to do so. When she didn’t cooperate, the officer handcuffed her and began walking her to the school’s office, Vasquez said.
“As they were walking, the student became non-compliant on two separate occasions and made an attempt to free herself by pulling away from the officer,” the chief said. “To prevent the student from escaping, the officer forced the student to the ground.”
In video of the incident, the officer is seen throwing the girl over his shoulder onto the concrete sidewalk. He then used the weight of his body to pin her to the ground.
Aeiramique Blake, speaking on behalf of the girl’s family, said the incident has been mis-characterized by police.
Blake said the teen was assigned to in-school suspension for tardiness when the girl told an instructor she wasn’t feeling well. The student explained she was anemic and had experienced similar feelings before, but the teacher allegedly accused her of being on drugs, according to Blake.
The instructor asked to search her backpack, and the girl complied. No drugs were found, but the teen had pepper spray in her bag.
The student said she traveled with pepper spray for protection since she took the trolley from southeast San Diego to school every day. The teacher said that because pepper spray is a weapon, the girl would have to leave campus.
Her senseless beating followed shortly after.