Black Spring Valley High Student Facing Charges
The black student who was violently assaulted by Officer Ben Fields at Spring Valley High is facing charges.
The teen known only as Shakara who suffered a broken arm and bruised ribs in the assault, is now facing charges of disturbing schools and assault on an officer while resisting arrest.
Furthermore Niya Kenny, the student who filmed the incident, is also facing a disturbing schools charge.
Yes, legal repercussions against the two black teenagers are still possible even though Fields was fired for how he conducted himself during their arrests. Both girls face a misdemeanor charge of disturbing schools and, if found guilty, could be fined up to $1,000 or face 90 days in jail.
On Thursday, ColorOfChange, the Alliance for Educational Justice and the Justice for the Spring Valley Two Coalition delivered a petition to South Carolina’s fifth judicial circuit solicitor Dan Johnson demanding Fields be prosecuted and that the charges against the two teens be dropped.“By failing to take action, he has aligned himself with far too many prosecutors around the country who criminalize black youth while failing to hold police accountable,” he added.
But Johnson insists that he will not move forward on the charges until the FBI has finished investigating Fields. He also hinted that he will not moved by the petition.
“I do not simply decide cases based upon feelings, public opinion or sentiment, nor do I decide them based on political pressure,” Johnson said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The groups are also launching #DroptheCharges, a social media campaign, to raise additional awareness of Shakara and Kenny’s case, heighten the pressure on the solicitor and end school-based arrests.
Niya has since garnered support from activist Bree Newsome (L), the black woman who took down the confederate flag in South Carolina.
Can you imagine the teen assaulted at Spring Valley high and/or the her classmate who filmed it going to jail?! SMH…
What do YOU think about this case???
It’s clearly time to #DropTheCharges.