Excessive Force

Arkansas School Resource Officer Suspended After Video Showed Him Choking Student

The incident is just the latest in a string of excessive force incidents involving school resource officers around the country.

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A school resource officer at a high school in Camden, Arkansas, has been relieved of duty after video emerged Monday showing him putting a student in a chokehold and lifting the student off of the ground.

Video first uploaded to Facebook showed police officer Jake Perry with his arm around a Camden Fairview High School student's neck, choking him out. At one point, Perry lifts the student off the ground. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Perry had been on the Camden police force for two or three years but had only been assigned as a school resource officer this month.

Perry has been relieved of duty pending an internal investigation. "As the Police Chief, I will not tolerate misconduct from my officers and this matter will be dealt with accordingly and I will be transparent in doing so," Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody said in a statement released on Facebook.

The incident is just the latest in a string of school arrests that have made national news. In December, a North Carolina school resource officer was fired after a video was shared with a local news station showing the officer brutally body-slamming a middle schooler.

Irena Como, acting legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina, said after the assault, "This type of heartbreaking incident is all too common as educators increasingly rely on law enforcement to handle routine disciplinary issues, especially with children of color and children with disabilities."

Earlier this month, a family filed a lawsuit against a Pittsburgh public school alleging their 7-year-old boy was handcuffed and physically assaulted. Last year, video showed a school resource officer in Texas pinning and handcuffing an autistic 10-year-old.

The Justice Department's 2017 report on civil liberties abuses by the Chicago Police Department included findings that officers beat and tased teenagers in school for non-criminal conduct and minor violations.

Florida, in particular, has seen numerous incidents involving school resource officers.

In November, a school resource officer in Orange County, Florida, was fired after video showed him yanking a middle school student by her hair. That same month, a Broward County Sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged with child abuse after video showed him body-slamming a 15-year-old girl at a special needs school. An Orlando school resource officer was fired for arresting two 6-year-olds in September. And last year, Duval County Public Schools fired a school resource officer after video showed him grabbing a high school girl by the neck and throwing her to the ground.

ABC News reported in October that, according to FBI crime data, 30,467 children under the age of 10 were arrested in the United States between 2013 and 2018. During the same period, 266,000 children between the ages of 10 and 12 were arrested.

The good news is the rate of juvenile arrests has dropped significantly since its peak, from around 8,500 arrests per 100,000 individuals between the ages of 10 and 17 in 1996, to 2,400 per 100,000 in 2016. But as I wrote in a recent column for Reason on child arrests, "The criminal justice system has become America's default solution for all of its social problems, and that mentality has oozed into the classroom."

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  1. “Irena Como, acting legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina, said after the assault, “This type of heartbreaking incident is all too common as educators increasingly rely on law enforcement to handle routine disciplinary issues” wank wank minorities hardest hit wank wank.

    Well, Irena Como, do you have any idea why the schools invite cops in?

    Maybe because groups like your will sue the heck out of schools if teachers and staff apply what used to be routine disciplinary measures?

    Of course some cops, if left unsupervised, are going to abuse their power, that is their nature. It wouldn’t have been necessary to *routinely* invite them into the schools and take these risks if teachers and principals had the needed legal and community support to spank, suspend, etc. the troublemaking kids who interfere with the kids who want to learn.

    1. +1000

      Assholes like the ACLU have made it impossible to suspend or expel kids who are disruptive or even discipline them at all. This has resulted in the schools criminalizing bad behavior because they were left no other choice.

      1. Agree, I tend to think that if it’s gotten to the point that a cop is choking your kid at school, there were probably opportunities to correct that behavior earlier on.

        Maybe the cop is an asshole and abused his authority, or maybe after asking nicely for the 10,000th time didn’t get through he decided to use a language the kid will definitely understand.

        School is not the place to just turn your unruly little shit loose for 8 hours a day. It is not daycare. If you refuse to discipline your children, someone else will do it for you and you may not like how it looks.

        I was an unruly little shit when I was in school, and this never happened to me. You know why? Because I’d get sent to the principal’s office, and he’d threaten to call my Mom. That was enough for me, because I knew that if Mom found out I was being an unruly little shit I was catching a spanking when I got home.

        1. the root of the problem is compulsory public school. If the kid can’t behave in school kick him out. That would be better for everyone.

          1. Agreed. It would be nice if school resource officers weren’t “necessary” at all.

            On a related note, I’ve seen school shootings blamed on all kinds of things: inadequate gun control, mental illness, bullying, pharmaceutical companies, and on and on. I honestly believe that the simplest and most effective thing that could be done to prevent those types of tragedies is to get rid of compulsory attendance.

          2. Agreed. If you can’t handle your shit in school, you should get kicked out and enjoy what will most likely be a life of abject poverty.

        2. FIRST, IF PARENTS WERE DOING THEIR JOB TO INSTILL MORALS IN THEIR CHILDREN BY SETTING THE PROPER EXAMPLE AT HOME AND ENFORCING A FAIR, BUT STRICT DISCIPLINARY CODE, THIS PROBLEM WOULDN’T BE SO SEVERE.
          SECOND, IF PARENTS WOULD QUIT ACTING LIKE THEIR TERROR OFFSPRING DOES NO WRONG AND WOULD LET THE PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS PADDLE THEM AT SCHOOL, THIS WOULDN’T HAPPEN!
          THIRD, IF THERE WAS MORE RESPECT FOR GOD & HIS WORD, THIS WOULD’NT BE AN ISSUE!

          1. Would that be the God who instructed Moses to kill little Midianite boys (along with all non-virgin Midianite women)? The God who commanded Abraham to kill his own son, only to pop up right before the deed was done to say he was only kidding? The God who told Joshua to murder children, women and old people? The God who murdered Job’s children to prove a point? The God who thought it was keen to murder a woman for the crime of looking while he destroyed an entire city?

            Yes, we should definitely show more respect for that God. (Lest he get murdery again.)

            1. You could try for a serious rebuttal, if you hate Christianity so much, although I admit all caps does not exactly beg for a serious reply. I would ask you to consider that many people see the Bible as a collection of books of wisdom, divinely inspired. Many–most do not literally interpret the Bible and apply only a materialistic understanding of the passages.

              Where God asked for Abraham’s sacrifice may have been Calvary. There would be a real sacrifice there later.

              Job was an acknowledgment of death in the world. If the Bible ignored things like childhood cancer you could accuse it of being a fairy tale or wish fulfillment. Job acknowledges God as a master of life and death as well as the fact that we live in a fallen world in the midst of the mystery of evil.

              Sin is the death that is eternal. Flirting with sin, given our fallen nature, means we’ll fall into it and choose to sever our friendship with God and be eternally without love. The message of the wiping out of pagan cultures for the reader of the Bible is a zero-tolerance for sin. Ultimately the choice is binary. What would you think of a God who gives a mealy-mouth friendly answer about sin when He knows the result is eternal damnation? You want a clear answer. The dealing with the pagans gives just such a clear answer. The Christian must destroy his own sins, with God’s help, root and branch; you cannot have 2 masters.

              My hope is this alternative interpretation provides some food for thought. “I am the bread of life,” Christ said.

    2. If you were to get a reply from the likes of the ACLU, I'[m sure it would be along the lines of “if teachers were doing their job and properly engaging students this sort of thing wouldn’t happen” or maybe “schools need to expend sufficient resources to implement effective programming”

      There is already an answer for everything but what you suggest.
      Good luck trying to get through those foregone conclusions.

      1. Definitely something about more money for public schools.

    3. blame the victim. It works every time.

      1. The ACLU is the victim here? i thought it was the kid who got choked. Did I miss something or are you just a fucking moron who has no idea what Eddy was saying?

        1. I didn’t read the comment the same way you did. I highly recommend asking for clarification before spouting outrage.

          Otherwise it’s you who looks like a “fucking moron”.

          1. No, I’m not blaming the child for the policies leading to his being choked. Dare I ask if that’s how you interpreted my comment?

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    5. Amen! 5 GOOD SOLID, STINGING, BURNING LICKS from the principal is far less brutal and abusive than the crap cops are pulling in our schools against the nation’s children! The fact that teachers’ and principals’ hands are tied legally is why this crap happens! When I was in school back in the ’70s and ’80s we didn’t have that kind of nonsense from police OR THE STUDENT BODY! Why? We knew we’d get our little butts worn clean out in the office and if it was bad enough, that wasn’t anything compared to what we’d get from Mamma or Daddy.

      Want to know who is really and truly to blame: EVERY SORRY IDIOT EXCUSE OF A PARENT WHO YELLS, “IF YOU SO MUCH AS TOUCH MY KID, I’LL SUE!” That’s whose fault this problem really is! If teachers and principals were allowed to actually discipline/punish misbehaving miscreants, we wouldn’t have this issue with the police abusing school kids!

      If any parent did to their child at home THE EXACT SAME THINGS RESOURCE OFFICERS AT SCHOOL DO, they would be under the jail for felony child abuse in 2 seconds flat, once the abuse was reported! So I must ask: WHY IS IT OK FOR COPS TO BRUTALIZE, BODY SLAM, CHOKE, AND TAZE KIDS, BUT IT’S NOT OK TO BEND THEM OVER AND GIVE THEM 5 GOOD, PAINFUL, STINGING SWATS WITH A PADDLE? Common sense tells me that the brutality at the hands of the police is exponentially worse!

      1. 5 GOOD SOLID, STINGING, BURNING LICKS…

        Sounds like you’re learning your God’s lessons well.

  2. Let me guess, the officer feared for his life?

    1. What does this LGBTQ GARBAGE have to do with the police abusing children in school under the color of discipline and law enforcement? Keep on topic, please!

  3. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/female-athletes-file-title-ix-lawsuit-to-reverse-unfair-trans-rules/

    In other school news someone is finally challenging the transgender in women’s sports insanity under Title IX.

    1. Its about time.

      There is a growing fissure in the LGBT community over this issue.

      1. I am with lesbians on this one. It is absolutely unfair and wrong to do this to women. It is going to end women’s sports if something isn’t done. How long before some DII men’s basketball player who is six eight declares himself trans and becomes Wilt Chamberlain in the WNBA?

        1. Yes, I am with Martina Navratilova on this one as well.

          To answer your question, not long.

        2. I am with the trannies on this. The lesbos are nothing but clingers wanting their own club! If the lesbians need to have tolarence forced down their neck then that’s their problem. Accepting trannies in womans sport is the only way to have equality… And make woman’s sports watchable

          1. You are almost good enough to fool the unwary. Poe’s Law and all.

            1. I must admit have been fooled by Kuckland a time or two myself.

              Poe’s law; are we there yet?

      2. What does this LGBTQ CRAP have to do with police abusing school students?

    2. This is absolutely outrageous bigotry.

      I hope Reason.com’s official LGBTQ+ correspondent Scott Shackford denounces these hateful science deniers. I’ve enjoyed his work on TRANSGENDER BATHROOM PANIC, so I’d like to see him address TRANSGENDER ATHLETIC PANIC.

      #TransWomenAreWomen

      1. Tennis greats Martina and Billy Jean King beg to differ. How dare you cross these lionesses of lesbianism!

    3. East German Olympic team hit hardest.

    4. What does this LGBTQ GARBAGE have to do with the police abusing children in school under the color of discipline and law enforcement? Keep on topic, please!

  4. I wonder how much this happened before cell phones were so ubiquitous. Like before and after Rodney King’s video.

    I don’t mean anecdotes. We’ll never know the truth.

    1. I don’t think we had SROs running around in our schools back then.

      1. We got ours in 1988

  5. Its about time.
    There is a growing fissure in the LGBT community over this issue.

    1. “over this issue”

      Choking?

      1. No, my comment was in reply to John’s link to the Title IX lawsuit.

  6. The good news is the rate of juvenile arrests has dropped significantly since its peak, from around 8,500 arrests per 100,000 individuals between the ages of 10 and 17 in 1996, to 2,400 per 100,000 in 2016.

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  7. There is a reason that incidents in Florida are on the rise… the shootings at MSD High. Because of that incident, every school now has a “security ambassador”. They went with security guards because they couldn’t afford to put police everywhere. Which is good, because when you have a School Resource Officer, kids being kids becomes kids getting arrested.

    This relates to Bloomberg’s comments about black kids getting arrested for minor drug offenses because that’s where they put the police. If you put police in a middle school, they need something to do. So they end up arresting kids that would have normally received detention.

  8. Cops should handle themselves better and they deserve all the criticism they get, but I do think a larger issue is at play here.

    One of the reasons we rely more on cops to discipline kids is because the parents refuse to do this themselves. One of the reasons parents refuse to do this is because we coddle children acting like they’re little angels but the fact is, kids are assholes that are constantly testing what they can get away with. If parents and our culture as a whole did a better job handling and valuing discipline, we wouldn’t be relying on cops as much as we do and our kids would be performing better in school.

  9. Irena Como, acting legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina, said after the assault, “This type of heartbreaking incident is all too common as educators increasingly rely on law enforcement to handle routine disciplinary issues, especially with children of color and children with disabilities.”

    Please define “routine disciplinary issues, especially with children of color and children with disabilities.”

    1. 6 year old girl with Downs Syndrome making a finger gun gesture at at teacher. Cops were called and the girl was arrested.

      Florida cop got fired for arresting two 6 year olds at the same school on the same day. One of them for throwing a temper tantrum.

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  11. They went with security guards because they couldn’t afford to put police everywhere. One of the reasons we rely more on cops to discipline kids is because the parents refuse to do this themselves.
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  12. My 13-year-old son had an incident with the school resource officer just last week. He was in a bathroom stall and apparently lingered too long. He said he was reading something written on the wall when the SRO burst through the stall door and started yelling “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” He was so shocked he couldn’t even respond. Then the SRO grabbed him by the arm and escorted him back to class.

    We complained to the principal who agreed that it was inappropriate for the SRO to enter a bathroom stall with a child and promised to speak to him about it. She said they had been having problems with “vandalism” in the bathroom, which I assume means writing on the walls.

    In other words, this over-costumed bathroom monitor nearly broke down a door hoping to catch a kid writing on a bathroom wall.

    My point for posting this is that you can’t just assume this child was even doing anything wrong in the first place. These a#$holes are often just looking for trouble where none exists. I’m in Florida by the way.

    1. “”These a#$holes are often just looking for trouble where none exists.”‘

      It gives them purpose.

    2. Not to take the SRO’s side but you and/or your kid needs to come up with a better story. Masturbating, constipation, gas, fell off the toilet, zipper stuck… anything would be better than “Uh, somebody scribbled War and Peace on this bathroom stall and I had to finish this chapter. I just couldn’t tell that to the SRO.”

      This story makes it sound like your kid saw 867-5309 on a bathroom wall and was struggling to figure out that the answer is -4442.

      1. Wrong. He was in there only 3 minutes. We know this because he had to sign out of class. If you think it’s ok for a cop to force his way in on someone – a minor, at that – using the bathroom then you are part of the problem. It’s attitudes like yours that has allowed for the rise of police abuse.

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