On Wednesday attorney Todd Rutherford said he will represent both girls who were arrested in the Spring Valley, South Carolina incident.
One, of course, is the girl accused of disrupting class whom Deputy Ben Fields yanked out of her chair and threw her across the room. The other girl was arrested for filming the incident.
The 16-year-old girl who was thrown by the deputy sustained injuries from the encounter. He has now been fired.
“He weighs about 300 pounds. She is a student who is 16 years old. Who now has a cast on her arm, a band-aid on her neck, and neck and back problems,” Rutherford said. “There’s something wrong here.”
Rutherford says he is calling for a change in policy and policing in South Carolina.
“School Resource Officers are there to protect the children from outsiders. To protect the children from threats that involve guns and knives. Not because they’re not getting out of their chair when a student asks them to do so,” he said. “Law enforcement officers simply need to establish a line that they can not cross. Unfortunately, that line is blurry, and it leads a lot of people to believe that if you don’t do exactly what a law enforcement officer asks, that he gets to brutalize you and beat you up in front of other people. And that’s not true.”
Rutherford told the New York Daily News that the teen recently lost her mother and is living in a foster home.