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NAACP leader calls student's arrest aggressive


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Here are the latest developments in the confrontation between a South Carolina deputy and a student recorded on cellphone video.

The head of the NAACP in South Carolina says the civil rights group is deeply concerned with the aggressive nature of an officer's arrest of a female student.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Lonnie Randolph told reporters that he believes the officer should be charged and that race played a role in the arrest.

The officer is white. The girl is black.

Randolph says the group reached out to the U.S. attorney's office for an investigation and is happy to see that the Justice Department is looking into the arrest.

Videos of the arrest show a student refusing to leave her high school math class. A deputy was recorded flipping the girl backward in her desk and tossing her across the classroom floor.

South Carolina's education superintendent says she is "greatly concerned" by videos showing an officer tossing a female student out of her desk during an arrest.

Molly Spearman said in a statement Tuesday that she has talked to local, state and federal authorities about the violent confrontation between the student and a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School.

The FBI and Justice are investigating and Senior Deputy Ben Fields is on leave. Videos shot by students show Fields removing from her desk after she refuses to get up.

Spearman says school districts contract with hundreds of school resource officers who work to protect students. She says it's vital that students have respect for law enforcement, but also equally important that law enforcement ensure they do not abuse the power and trust school districts instill in them.

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