A Texas school officer on Monday has been fired after a video posted online showed him lifting a teenage school girl and them slamming her on the ground.
Officer Joshua Kehm, 27, on Monday was fired by The San Antonio Independent School District, following the incident which happened on March 29.
“We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted,” said San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez.
“Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department. We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior,” Martinez said in a report by CNN.
In a report by Cleveland, he said that Kehm immoderately used his force against Janissa Valde , who was caught in a squabble with another girl at Rhodes Middle School at 4pm on March 29.
“I was walking toward her, telling her, ‘Let’s go somewhere else,’ because there was a lot of people,” said Valde.
“Then that’s when other people came over and the officer thought we were going to fight, so that’s whenever he came and did that.”
However, Kehm did not report about the use of force and said that the girl had accidentally descended on the ground.
According to Ksat, a group of students from the school witnessed Kehm listening to the girls and peacefully trying to solve the matter between both. After a while, they saw the officer being kicked many times. However, Janissa explicitly denied that she kicked the officer.
Valde’s father said his daughter thought she was being grabbed by another student trying to attack her. The younger Valde said that she did not remember being slammed to the ground.
This not the first time that Texas police have been held responsible for using excessive force.