White Officer and Black Student, So Of Course Obama is Sending in the Feds
Federal authorities have opened a civil rights investigation into an incident at Spring Valley High School involving a school resource officer and a student at Spring Valley High School that took place Monday.
"The Columbia FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a student at Spring Valley High School," FBI Special Agent in Charge David Thomas said in a statement Tuesday. " The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence in order to determine whether a federal law was violated. As this is an ongoing investigation, per Department of Justice policy we are unable to comment further at this time."
The decision comes hours after Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott had requested they get involved. Lott stated that his agency will fully cooperate with federal agencies in the probe.
Lott said late Monday night that Deputy Ben Fields, the officer involved in the incident, will not be back at any school, and is not currently working for the department, pending the results of an investigation.