School cop body slams Black child during fight, leaves White child alone

Northside ISD police officer body slams child face first into ground (Photo Source: YouTube screenshot)

Recently, a video surfaced of two students, one White and one Black, fighting at Rawlinson Middle School in San Antonio, Texas.

A school safety officer is seen in the video breaking up the fight and choosing to single out the Black child, slamming him face first into the ground. The White child is allowed to walk away as the Black student is marched off. This is the second time a school cop has been caught on film body slamming a student of color. In 2016, a cop at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio slammed Janissa Valdez, 12, to the ground when he thought a fight was going to break out.

According to NEWS4 San Antonio, the Northside Independent School District issued the following statement:

The incident you reference occurred at Rawlinson middle school on Monday of this week. It involved a Northside ISD Police officer, not a SAPD officer, intervening in a physical conflict between two students. That officer, who has been with Northside ISD since 2006, has been placed on administrative leave pending a full investigation. The officer has had no disciplinary issues during his tenure at Northside. The Northside ISD police department and our District’s Human Resources department are both conducting a full investigation. CPS has also been notified.

The video of the encounter can be seen below:

Mo Barnes
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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