South Carolina authorities have apparently made up their mind, and Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields is going to be out of a job.
Fields – who has been under pressure since a video was released of him tackling a high school student from her desk after she refused his orders – will officially be relieved of duty because of his actions, according to NBC News.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott scheduled a press conference for noon Wednesday, in which he was expected to discuss the latest findings from the internal investigation over the Monday incident at Spring Valley High School.
Fields had already been suspended without pay as an investigation was launched by the department, state authorities, the FBI and the Justice Department.
Parents were given the opportunity to speak out about the incident at Tuesday night’s school board meeting, but pressure has been growing for the department to fire Fields.
Lott told the media on Tuesday that the female student only suffered a rug burn in the incident, but her attorney told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she is currently suffering from neck and back injuries.
South Carolina authorities will announce Wednesday that Richland County Senior Deputy Ben Fields, the school resource officer who was caught on camera violently flipping a high school student in her classroom, will be relieved of duty, sources told NBC News.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is set to hold a news conference at noon to talk about the internal investigation over the Monday incident at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 28, 2015