*I’m convinced. At the rate excessive force is being used by police officers today, seemingly without a second thought, and even when they know they are being videotaped, the hiring process is obviously not stringent enough. Apparently, the initial six month training, followed by another six months to a year of shadowing an experienced officer is not sufficient.
If it were, perhaps they wouldn’t be so easily enraged.
Joshua Kehm, a school resource officer who was videotaped as he body slammed 12-year-old Janissa Valdez, who had allegedly gotten into a fight with another student, is now on administrative leave while an investigation ensues to decide if excessive force was used.
Why an investigation when one can just look at the video. If there is the need for an investigation, wouldn’t it be to identify what led to the officer’s actions? We can already see the force used was excessive.
And the outcome is always the same after these “investigations.” We never know how the officer is held accountable in the process? What exactly, if anything, is done in the line of additional training. Is it a conversation with the cop? Classroom study? Is the officer laid out on a couch and shown a variety of situations on film while needles are stuck in his head that zig-zag if his thoughts are off-kilter?
The incident took place at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio, Texas last week . Kehm intervened when Valdez and another female students got in each others’ face.
According to mySanAntonio:
A YouTube video posted on Tuesday shows the officer struggling to restrain one of the female student’s who was later identified by her mother as 12-year-old Janissa Valdez. Other students are standing on either side of the pathway, some frowning, others smiling and laughing, using cellphones to record the incident. Some students can be heard urging the girl to “chill,” then the officer suddenly throws her down.
Several students’ startled exclamations can be heard and then there’s silence as he handcuffs Valdez while she’s on the ground. He then helps her get on her feet and walks her away.
One student asks repeatedly whether the girl is OK, reaching out to touch her shoulder. Crying can be heard.
Gloria Valdez, Janissa’s mother said, “I guess we’re still both kind of shocked. We still can’t believe it happened.”
Kehm was put on paid administrative leave, Price said, and the administration as well as the district’s police department are investigating.
“This video is very concerning, and we are working to get all of the details,” Price said. “We certainly want to understand what all occurred, and we are not going to tolerate excessive force in our district.”
Gloria Valdez said her daughter initially had swelling on her upper right temple but that it has since gone away. The mother said her daughter has had previous encounters with the other student. Asked whether he daughter had been in fights before, Gloria Valdez answered, “She has. I won’t lie.
“She had been bullied at the beginning of the school year,” the mother said. “I talked to a counselor, the vice principal and principal, and they said they’d look into it. Finally, the other student started attacking her and got into a fight, and it led to my daughter getting suspended (for three days).
“Supposedly the other little girl wanted to argue with my daughter, but I honestly don’t know the reason why,” she added. “I told her she was allowed to get in fights anymore because the administrators told her, ‘next time you’ll go to jail and mom gets a fine.’ They (told her) next time make sure the administrator knows before anything else happens.”
The mother said her daughter was given a two-day suspension after last week’s incident. She said she will wait for the outcome of the investigations before deciding whether to take action.
“I just want something done,” she said of the incident with the officer. “Because he could go back and do it again to my daughter or another student.”
The video clip is below. After watching this, do YOU believe an “investigation” is necessary to determine if this cop’s force was excessive or not?