Earlier this week, Deputy Ben Fields of the Richland County Police Department body slammed a teenage girl in front of her classmates for refusing to leave class, while classmates looked on in horror and the teacher did nothing.1 Can you join us in calling to charge Deputy Ben Fields with assault? Click here to sign the petition, which says:We must stop the school-to-prison pipeline by ending the use of police to solve normal childhood behavioral issues, such as being defiant in class.
Criminalizing the behavior of Black students in school does not help them or the school. This is not just about a bad apple, but a bad way of thinking about an entire segment of our society.
Can you join us in standing up against police violence and demand that Deputy Ben Fields be arrested and charged with assault?
–Alix Shabazz, Freedom, Inc.
1. "Spring Valley High School Student Flung By School Officer On Video," The Huffington Post, October 27, 2015
Freedom Inc.'s #HandsOffBlackWomen campaign seeks to highlight the specific abuses and forms of violence that women of color encounter in the criminal justice system. In addition, thousands of members of the national civil rights organization ColorOfChange are also raising their voices for justice in this case.
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