One classmate of the girl assaulted by Officer Ben Fields at Spring Valley High School is interviewed here (video might autoplay because of idiot local news website). What a brave girl. It’s easy to see all the other kids were truly terrified and (understandably) sat quiet in disbelief. This student, Niya Kenny, spoke out. She got charged with “disturbing school” (which you can apparently be arrested for).
“I know this girl don’t got nobody and I couldn’t believe this was happening,” Kenny explained. “I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl. A big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle. I was like ‘no way, no way.’ You can’t do nothing like that to a little girl. I’m talking about she’s like 5’6”.”
“I was screaming ‘What the f, what the f is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” says Kenny. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”
Damn Niya Kenny, you have courage. Her mom thinks so too:
“My child, and I’m not mad at her, she was brave enough to speak out against what was going on and didn’t back down and it resulted in her being arrested,” says Doris Kenny.
In related news, people are being goddamn racist nightmares about this. I am getting trolls on my first GT post linked above, and of course in Gawker comments. Also, in real life. I left my high school alumni group on FB because it was such a cesspool of white sociopathy.
People are the worst. Advocating unlimited punishment for no specific crime is just so absurd. As someone said in a comment to me last night, did everyone miss the memo that Judge Dredd is supposed to be a satire?
ETA: Feel free to contact Ben Fields’ superiors:
Call (803) 576-3000 - h/t Draea Tirschmann