Yesha Callahan

Girl Choked By Cop At Spring Valley And Student Who Taped Incident Facing Criminal Charges

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You’d think the outrage sparked at Spring Valley High after a cop was caught on camera putting a student in a chokehold and then violently slamming her to the ground would solely result in disciplinary action for the officer, but the teen who was assaulted and the other student who filmed the incident are also facing criminal charges. According to The Huffington Post: “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.”

Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange, said in a statement.

“These two young women have suffered enough without the justice system dragging out the process of eliminating these ridiculous charges. Solicitor Dan Johnson has the ability and opportunity to do the right thing.

“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.”

On Thursday, ColorOfChange, the Alliance for Educational Justice, and the Justice for the Spring Valley Two Coalition reportedly delivered a petition to Johnson demanding officer Ben Fields, who’s since been fired, be prosecuted for his actions and that the charges against the two teens be dropped.  Johnson responded to the petition, saying he won’t move forward with the charges until the FBI has finished investigating Fields.

Efia Nwangaze of the Justice for the Spring Valley Two Coalition, on the other hand, said in a statement that the underlying issues of this case are bigger than 16-year-old Shakira and her classmate Niya. “There is a racially biased system of school discipline across the country,” she said. “Black girls are six times more likely to be punished — and more severely so than their white counterparts — and three times their black male counterparts in Richland.” Let’s not forget this is all over a student refusing to leave the classroom after being labeled “verbally disruptive.”

  1. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    Wow the fucking amazing justice system of America Ladies and Gentleman. I would be ashamed to be waving my flag right not after all the shit that is keep happening over there. Other countries are now looking at America as Fascist and there is no other way to look at it at this moment in time, the world is seeing the cracks and they are not pretty. America is far from great when shit like this and so many other injustices are happening. I really hope they don’t face anything but it would only happen if they turned white overnight.

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @mywordsaremypower

      This is why I don’t wave flags nor do I even bother to stand for the pledge. I don’t find singing patriotic songs of love of a country that abuses me and those who look like me to be a healthy action to take.

      This situation is despicable. This cop abuses his authority but rather than let the child go the prosecutor further abuses her by keeping up with these idiotic charges.

      This is of course part of a self-fulfilling prophecy in a white supremacist country. Assume Black people are more criminal then turn any infraction no matter how minor into a crime in order to make their assumption “true.”

  2. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    This is just sickening and a true example of the racist system we live in. How is a student who is physically assaulted facing criminal charges while the police officer (although fired) is free to roam and terrorize others? This is disgusting and this prosecutor should be ashamed of himself. We are continuously being punished for our black skins even when we have done nothing wrong.

  3. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    BLM — where are you?

    • December 19, 2015 - Reply

      @TivoliEclipse

      Finish what you mucking start — each time!!!!!

    • December 19, 2015 - Reply

      @TivoliEclipse

      They only put on their cape to save black men

      • December 19, 2015 - Reply

        @eyionn

        BLM was started by three black women. Are we suggesting they don’t care enough to save their daughters?

        • December 19, 2015 - Reply

          @TivoliEclipse

          Yes.

  4. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    This is an total outrage. An evil cop brutally assaulted a black girl and evil people want to further oppress her and the Sister who used a camera to record the incident. Charges against both girls should be dropped. We don’t live in a total egalitarian democracy in America. When we have many black girls being unfairly suspended, then that is wrong. When we have a society that is filled with anti-black racial biases and a corrupt criminal injustice system, then we have the right to call out that wicked system. We are in total solidarity with the two girls and their families. The cop using a chokehold against the young Sister in the classroom is demented and evil. We believe in justice not tyranny. We believe in radical economic changes not trickled down economics. It is totally abhorrent for the victims of injustice to be charged while the cop who enacted assault is not charged with any crime.

    *For the record, BLM activists (including members of Black Educators for Justice, and Black Lawyers for Justice) have protested at Spring Valley High School as reported by Sarah Ellis and other sources. BLM was created by 3 intelligent Black Women. These women love black women and black girls greatly. They have worked constantly to advance the goal of black liberation. So, the problem never originated from the BLM movement. It originated from the system of racism/white supremacy. Let’s get it right. Therefore, the lives of black people matter.

  5. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    This is so wrong on so many levels

  6. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    Where are the BLM activists?

    • December 19, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Silly, we have established this: black women deserve nothing. Your confusion now settled, have some milk and cookies if there are any around, you’ve earned it!

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      it won’t work down there, they will only be where the bright lights are where the cameras are.

  7. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    My mouth is fucking hanging open….we CANNOT LET THEM GO THROUGH WITH THIS!!! Please any idea what we can do to help these girls?????

  8. December 19, 2015 - Reply

    Not only where is BLM, but where are the women’s groups and those self-proclaimed “feminists” like Amber Rose and Beyonce? Where are the Black male rappers and other celebrities who will stand for the injustices of Black men, but are mum when it comes to injustices towards Black women. Absent! That’s where they are! I see what the criminal justice system is doing. I think we all see the handwriting on the wall. Affluenza boy walks after killing 4 people and these two young ladies, who did NOTHING, are being criminalized! America, you have some reaping to sow!

  9. December 20, 2015 - Reply

    And the fuckery continues. Can’t catch a break in this damn country if your African-American. Terrible.

  10. December 20, 2015 - Reply

    more young black people started on the school to prison pipeline …

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @Rizzo

      Exactly

      You’re right.

      This society is the epitome of an uncivilized society. I have no respect for any society that allows violent, barbaric cops to execute the assault of black girls. I have no respect for any society that justified unjust wars, police terrorism, and continued economic exploitation. The handwriting is on the wall. Respectability politics is just wrong since many black people have been upright and are filled with integrity, yet they have been still assaulted and even murdered by crooked cops. The charges against both girls should be dropped. The school to prison pipeline has ruined so many lives.

      • December 20, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        truth, in my humble opinion, i think the ‘masters of the universe’ treat us with such horrific disdain is because we have not, nor did we, go to war with them; i.e., we did not treat them the way they treated/treat us — an eye for an eye, fight back, etc., therefore, they have no respect for us as a whole and thus believe we are inherently inferior to them – no matter how much money we have, no matter our achievements, no matter what we say and/or do. scalia recently made those thoughts clear.

        the intent is to ruin black lives, to bully black lives and to ‘cull’ the race and to keep the race subservient because without us, there would be no ‘base’ on which others can step ‘up’ on. no matter what other races/cultures/ethnicities do and/or engage in, they will never be ‘black.’

        • December 20, 2015 - Reply

          @Rizzo

          Exactly.

          The words from Scalia document his racist agenda. Also, I have studied John Wayne. He was not only a defender of the Vietnam War and supported the blacklist during the 1950’s (which violated freedom of speech and other rights). He, in an interview during the 1970’s, overtly said that he is in favor of white supremacy period. That tells us that we are living a time where they have no mercy for black people. They don’t even have mercy for themselves as documented in WWI and WWII. We, as black people, have been very compassionate. That is why scholars have said that it is amazing that black Americans didn’t rebelled even more during the 1960’s. Also, racism by definition relates to insecurities, hatred, and jealousy. If someone was comfortable in their own skin, then that person will never mistreat or oppress another human being based on color at all. They or the white racists know the truth. They know that we aren’t inferior since they established discriminatory policies to prevent many black people to achieve their aspirations. So, they or the white racists know the truth, but they don’t care. We don’t need their respect. We need justice. We have no choice but to fight back. We are in born in the struggle and we have no other option but to fight back (in many different ways). The powers that be certainly want to ruin black lives. Life is a journey and we have to keep on doing our part and fight evil.

          • December 20, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            yes, john wayne was quite the man — he died before he could become president. reagan was elected instead – almost just as good.

            yes, we have been very compassionate — and very helpful. we fought alongside these ‘people’ in every war this country has engaged in, yet we are not even mentioned in history books.

            who are you asking for justice. are you asking the same ‘people’ who put black people in chattel slavery for 250 years and see nothing wrong with that either then or now. in fact, these ‘good people’ are now claiming to be the victims of racism.

            we have fought back in many different ways — peacefully; and, many lost their lives — violently. whites have no empathy for black people.

            yes, life is a journey, but the little i have read about history tells me that evil is ongoing. you can not change the hearts of people.

            • December 20, 2015 - Reply

              @Rizzo

              I agree.

      • December 21, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Please say that again, Truth!

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          Thank you Sister Noir45. The truth must be shown plain.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            You’re welcome, brother, Truth. Yes, sir! I agree.

            • December 21, 2015 - Reply

              @Noirluv45

              Right on Sister.

              Good Afternoon Sister.

              Next year is 2016. That is the 50th year anniversary of the Black Panther Party being made in Oakland, California.

  11. December 20, 2015 - Reply

    look y’all young or old, black or white, male or female in a civilize society we must be accountable in this life, had this girl acted like a girl and follow the teacher, principles and the law enforcement officer instruction she would not be facing charges today, better now than later in her life because clearly she was headed down the wrong road, by being held accountable for her actions now will give her a chance to correct herself and have the charges drop after age 18.

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      Trueletterson, kids have been acting up since the beginning of time, and they were either suspended or put on detention. There is no reason to criminalize unruly behavior (which, to me, neither girl — especially the one who videos the incident) were involved in. The reason they are criminalizing these young people is because they want to give them a record. That’s what they do to Black children/teens. You see, back in my day, kids were not only pushed using the above methods, but they were dealt with by parents. Also, there’s another thing to think about. Many kids with behavioral problems have deep-rooted issues that will not be resolved by throwing them in jail. Jails should be for real criminals. It boggles the mind that affluenza boy (who is now on the run) KILLS 4 people gets to walk while young Black kids (they criminalize more Black kids than White) get harsh punishments. There’s no excuse for that other than the cards are stacked against Black people. I’m all for suffering the consequences for bad behavior, but neither one of these girls committed any jailable offenses.

      • December 20, 2015 - Reply

        @Noirluv45

        Noirluv45 I feel you and I know all of that you say but right now we got a group of children who don’t care about nothing and as long as people like “I use to be” and you keep making excuses for them they are only going to get worst because we keep making excuses for their misbehaving, being disruptive, being defiant, and even bullying the good children who want to learn and right now the way I see it I want to save the children who know how to act and want to learn, I was a mischievous boy in my youth for a stretch from about middle school into high school I was suspended from school at least one time a year, I have children and grandchildren and have been successful raising children and one thing I didn’t do and would not ever do is tolerate making excuses for poor conduct and mis behaving and my children know don’t tell me what somebody else has done because I don’t care what some body else has done, I care about what my child has done and will hold them accountable for their action, I told them to respect those in authority [teachers, police etc.] and do right and follow their instruction and if they don’t do right let me know when you get home and I will go down there and deal with them but you do what is right and and it work for me and my wife and it will work for others.

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          Truletterson, I applaud you and your wife for raising your children to be upstanding, accountable people, BUT, that’s not the case with many children. I’ve worked with children who come from horrible homes and they act out accordingly. Many times when kids misbehave (personally, I don’t think these girls fall into that category. If you can tell me what offense the girl taking the video committed, than please do.) I think we should take each situation case-by-case. There are children with behavioral problems and arresting them and giving them records that will probably affect the rest of their lives, is NOT the solution. Let the punishment fit the crime. For example, I know a 12-year-old boy who has had behavioral problems since he was pre-K. My sister, who is a doctor and who studies nutritional deficiencies (and there are many of them), told the boy’s mother that many of his problems are probably a lack of B-12 or some other nutrient. To you, that might sound far-fetched, but it’s real. Certain deficiencies can cause children and even adults to get angry and misbehave. That doesn’t include mental health issues. I said all that to say things aren’t always x, y, and z. It’s just like with parenting, you don’t deal with your children the same way. Some kids respond to whippings, some don’t. You get my drift. I believe in holding children/adults accountable for their actions, but making criminals out of children (many as young as 4-years-old) is wrong.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            I agree with your complete comment and I wise the word we live in was perfect and everybody would do right but right now I know that’s impossible so I want to use my energy to save the ones who can be saved and want to be save and keep the ones who don’t want to be save from destroying and messing up the opportunity for the ones who want to be save, and funny you mention B-12 because for over 20 something years now if I know I am going to be in a stressful situation if I can think of it I start taking B-12 a week ahead of time and it work, so I know what you are saying is not far fetched. Peace.

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      Do you approve of that the police officer did to her? I can’t help but notice you didn’t mention that. I say let the punishment fit the crime, and that male (not man) manhandled that young lady. He was rightfully fired, and that’s exactly what should’ve happened. He was wrong for what he did.

      • December 20, 2015 - Reply

        @Noirluv45

        but if she had conducted herself like a girl it would have never gotten to that point, she disobeyed and defied a black teacher, a black principle and a law enforcement officers and I find it strange and disturbing y’all want to over look and ignore those facts, the black teacher and the black principle and the policemen are human being too their life have value too, they have family and a life that matters to their love ones you know. Peace.

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          You answered my question with a statement. Do you approve of what the police officer did? I think I know the answer to that. Since your protests only include the young lady and her ally, I assume you justified violence against this young lady. Did the punishment fit the crime, Trueletterson? You never read a statement saying that we justified bad behavior; however, so what? She refused to answer a math question. The ADULT thing to do would be 1) Call a parent/guardian; 2) Put her in detention — that’s the old-school way; 3) Do nothing and address the issue at a later time. She was NOT violent nor was she a threat to the teacher, herself, or other students. To react to this child violently tells us more about the officer than the child. Children have ALWAYS acted up. This isn’t anything new, so how did that handle disruptive children in the past? I suggest you look that up. I can tell you it wasn’t though strong-armed police officers.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @Noirluv45

            out of respect, I got to honor you by answering your question to me truthfully and my answer is under the circumstance yes I approve of what the officer did because he ask her to get up and leave the classroom more than once and she defied him just like she defied the black teacher and the black principle, and I know what y’all are going to say and my answer to that is a no if my daughter or son was in that classroom I don’t want them to have to leave so the officer can get her under control, I want her to leave so my children can do what I sent them to school for and that is to learn.

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          What does conducting herself like a girl means? She wasn’t acting non-girly, like an animal nor disruptive, if you watched the video she was just sitting there quietly despite the craziness and intensity from this thug before he attacked her. You can say she was being disobedient but the actions made BY THE ADULTS here didn’t match the level of protocol for the situation because a student didn’t want to answer a math question. I guess parents need to have bail money and send their kids with body armor if they don’t want to ask a question or decide to be reserved in class.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @binks

            you and I must have seen two different videos, this girl was disruptive, defiant and disrespectful and it’s good for her going forward to be held accountable for her disrespectful, disruptive and defiant behavior.

            • December 21, 2015 - Reply

              @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

              I truly hope one day you encounter a violent, racist cop with rage issues, and they proceed to crack your skull open. Even better would be if it’s videotaped and folks blame you for getting blood on the cop’s fist.

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      Yeah because she deserved to be tossed like a rag doll, suffered broken bones and bruises while being pinned down and humiliated in class all because she didn’t want to answer a math question and the other young lady should go to jail because we need to teach her not to be a good Samaritan and not to have compassion when another individual is in trouble…yeah these young women should face criminal charges for “not being girls” but let’s throw them and every teen in jail for not doing what you want them to do at the time damn the alternatives like detention, giving her a zero for the day, in school suspension or any other steps they could take to correct behavior let’s just go zero to a hundred and beat them and throw them in jail. Why do we have all these schools alert local government, Congress and the President that WE NEED MORE jails and prisons. I mean she is already headed down a bad road plus jail and criminalization HAS clearly work for teens and the black community………

      See how silly this argument sounds.

      • December 20, 2015 - Reply

        @binks

        if she had follow the black teacher instruction, the black principle instruction and orders from the policemen all of this would have never happen to her and she need to be held accountable for her action before she get to old and it could cost her her life and maybe just maybe she will correct herself.

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          I am not saying that the situation couldn’t have been handle better from both sides but the point here is that the ADULTS dropped the ball and escalated the situation and made it violent not the girl. The thug who tackled her lost his cool and made a bigger disturbance than it needed to be ( and let’s not forget other students said he has a history of doing this) and it sounds like the teacher was on a power trip based on the other students statements. I am sorry but not wanting to answer a math question in class didn’t need to cause all of this. There were many alternatives and steps this Black teacher and Black principle and policemen could have taken that didn’t need to end up in brutality. Furthermore, I don’t think her and the other young lady having charges pressed against them, fines and jail time equal being held accountable for actions that the adults escalated. And again this is a misuse of the criminal justice system. Automatically throwing someone in jail is not the situation, clearly this young lady is having troubles in her personal life so she would benefit from seeing a counselor or volunteering somewhere than sitting in a jail cell.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @binks

            Great Points Sister.

            Also, we should never respect nor follow unjust authority. We are opposed to tyranny, I never believed in unconditional support for all of the police. The police institution has been complicit in so many evils in the world that I have no allegiance to crooked cops. I will not follow unjust laws and I will not follow unjust authorities.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @binks

            now binks I always look for and enjoy your insightful comments but on this one is precisely why we need real men in the homes real men who love their family who is capable of putting their emotions aside and use logic and common sense, you sound just like my wife we have had this same debate right here in this house and you sound just like her and I say to myself if I was not here it’s no telling what would have happen to our children because she like you always think with their emotion first and the “their children can do no wrong” mentality and is prone to hide and cover up for their children wrong doings, binks this mentality you, my wife and almost all women have going unchecked without a counter balance is a major reason for most of the ill in the black community today and it not completely your fault because you are doing your job but we have fail to make real men in our community, yes we can make real men if we take off the blinders and start operating in the nature the universal god created us. Peace sister.

            PS: “she would benefit from seeing a counselor or volunteering somewhere than sitting in a jail cell.” I would hope and pray so but she must understand that in a civilize society you will be held accountable for your actions and you won’t be able to hide behind your gender or race and the more you rebel the harder the chastisement will get.

            • December 21, 2015 - Reply

              @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

              Trueletterson, were you as incensed about Affuenza boy who KILLED 4 people and walked? What about police officers who shot unarmed Black people?

              • December 21, 2015 - Reply

                @Noirluv45

                about police officer shooting unarmed black people yes I am and was very much incensed but about it and the Affuenza boy getting off after killing 4 people somewhat but not much because it didn’t surprise me, I thought it was somewhat amusing that the judge fail for that and the parents of those white children who got killed didn’t push back hard however it was not the first time this has happen in this country and after last week I saw it as a teachable moment for black parents as “if you don’t make the necessary sacrifices to raise and guide your offspring no matter how much money you have or don’t have your un raise children will likely turn out to be a mess and likely to make your life a living hell also”. Peace.

            • December 21, 2015 - Reply

              @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

              Oh please, don’t flipped that ideology on me. Nobody here is saying children can’t do no wrong. I had a real man in my home who raised me and even he says this child was assaulted by this thug so let’s stop acting like “real men” would agree with your stance on the situation or that since I am a woman I can’t see logic and reason but must be acting with my emotions here. Whichever way you slice it the adults escalated the situation.

              • December 21, 2015 - Reply

                @binks

                ok!

            • December 21, 2015 - Reply

              @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

              I’m assuming that you’re claiming to be a “real man” who would have taught this girl how to behave as to not be a victim of a power-mad, racist cop?

              You sound like the caliber of “man” who called in this roid-raging “resource officer” in the first place. Refusing to answer your question and not otherwise saying or doing anything is not grounds to call the police and treat her like a violent criminal. If you don’t know this already I rather doubt you’re the “real man” any black child needs in order to navigate this country at all.

              You’ve done nothing but blame a child for the behavior of the adults toward her as though she and the grown people were on equal footing in a situation. This situation never needed to get to this level because the teacher could have just ignored the child and taken his problem up with her at a later time. But instead because he felt the need to look like a “big man” he called in the cop who also needed to look like a “big man” which resulted in them taking their frustration out on a girl.

              There is no excuse for their behavior and the blame belongs strictly on them. Real men don’t tell their daughters that they are to blame for the crap that their victimizers did to them.

              • December 21, 2015 - Reply

                @Reina Benoir

                thank you!

    • December 21, 2015 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      “Should have acted like a girl”?

      Stfu.

      How about this thug should have behaved like a man and not choked a little girl. Or that tom who stood there while this child was being abused.

      Negro males like yourself are one of the many reasons racists have no respect for Black people. Because they know no matter how much they terrorize us, you will be standing there grinning ‘thass right boss! Cuz i knows how to ack right, yessiree!”. You, like that punk teacher and savage cop, are not real men. A white male could read your comments here and think ‘this dumbass nigger doesnt even think the women and girls in his own race should be protected”. And he would be correct.

      • December 21, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        nope not going to do it!

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

          If you mean gain self respect as a Black man (like that gentleman who vehemently spoke up for this girl at the school’s town hall), then I agree. You are not going to do it because being a real man unafraid is not in your DNA as a coward.

          Btw that same cop would toss you, your wife and your kids around for jaywalking/walking while black/smoking in your own car/etc.

          • December 21, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            that’s not true I have lived thru both era I was born and raise up in the Jim Crow south until about age 15 and I been into the military served half way around the world and have lived or worked in just about every state in the south eastern half of America and up until this day have never had handcuff on me but once and 5 minutes later he took them off of me and took another dude to jail for having a gun in his underwear’s, when another cops searched him the gun came falling out and slide down his legs and the policemen told the one who had me “look at what you miss” and the one that had me face turn red and he turn around and said to me “you can go” and said to the other guy “you are going to jail” so they let me go and that has been the story of my life “I get away” LOL…..I have done many thing that could have cause me to be locked up but because of my disposition and attitude they let me go, so what I am saying to you and other the way you act and carry yourself along with your attitude “matters” even to this day. Peace.

  12. December 20, 2015 - Reply

    This makes me so freaking mad so the victim and the good Samaritan here are in the wrong despite the clear evidence of brutality…ugh. I swear anything to criminalize black people, particularly the Black youth. And the prosecutor is doing way to much because it is a misdemeanor so they could drop the charges and focus on more pressing cases (the court systems are backed up everywhere) or suggest alternatives besides jail and fines. But these young women already suffered, particularly the teen who was abuse by the thug.

    • December 20, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      This is frustrating to me as well. To criminalize a good Samaritan and a victim of police terror is the height of tyranny. If the system convicts these Sisters, their lives could be ruined for years. This is highly distressing for the Sisters and their families (who are also the victims of a corrupt system).

  13. December 21, 2015 - Reply

    Time for all parents to lawyer up! If you discipline your child the way this officer did WHILE ON CAMERA they’ll lock you away.

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