Today, most of America is outraged by the video of a South Carolina school police officer body slamming a teen girl and dragging her out of her seat at Spring Valley High School, but Don Lemon isn’t convinced the officer was wrong.
“I’d like to know more before passing judgement,” Lemon said on CNN.
“We don’t know what happened. You weren’t sitting in the room, Sunny. You don’t know if she wasn’t standing up. You do need to know more, and as a prosecutor, you should want to know more,” Lemon added.
Former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin wasn’t trying to hear Lemon’s plea to give the officer (who allegedly has a history of getting violent with students) the benefit of the doubt.
“The law provides that the standard here is whether or not the officer has to use this type of force. Whether it’s reasonable and necessary to somehow secure discipline in the school,” Hostin said. ‘The bottom line is, Don, this is a young girl. This is a girl in school. There is no justification for using that kind [of force]. Whether or not that force is justifiable is the issue, and the force is not justifiable. She is sitting there, she is not resisting, she is sitting there in a chair. That is unreasonable force, that is excessive force, and it’s assault.”
Although Lemon admitted the disturbing incident “does look horrible,” he reiterated “we don’t know” what happened before it was captured on video.
Right, Don, because slamming a girl to the ground and tossing her around like a rag doll is totally how you react when she won’t put her phone away in math class.