Feds won’t charge deputy who tossed stu­dent

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

COLUMBIA, S.C. >> Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors won’t charge a deputy who was recorded toss­ing a stu­dent out of a desk at a South Carolina high school af­ter she re­fused to give up her cell­phone.

The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment pur­sues civil rights charges when some­one with au­thor­ity in­ten­tion­ally vi­o­lates civil rights, not when they use poor judg­ment or make a mis­take, the agency said Fri­day in a news re­lease.

State pros­e­cu­tors also de­cided not to charge Ben Fields in the Oc­to­ber 2015 con­fronta­tion at Spring Val­ley High School in Columbia, mean­ing Fri­day’s fed­eral ac­tion closes any crim­i­nal case against the of­fi­cer.

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