S.C. Sheriff’s Deputy Fired After Unruly High School Student’s Arrest
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has fired Senior Deputy Ben Fields over the white deputy’s violent arrest of a black high school student, which was filmed by several students. Lott said Fields broke department policy in the arrest.
“It’s not what I expect from my deputies, and it’s not what I tolerate from my deputies,” Lott says.
The sheriff said he’s glad students documented the arrest with videos, which he said were helpful in reviewing the case.
Lott said “the maneuver” that Fields used didn’t follow proper training or procedure, adding that he was upset after watching video of the moment when the deputy “picked the student up, and he threw the student across the room.”
The teacher and administrator who were in the classroom during the altercation supported Fields, as did at least one student, Lott says, adding that they felt the deputy acted appropriately.
“They supported his actions,” Lott says, adding, “even the physical part. They had no problems with the physical part.”
“I’m the one who had problems with it,” the sheriff says.