Sheriff to decide if deputy keeps job after classroom arrest

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A Richland County (SC) Sheriff's deputy is involved in an altercation with a student in a classroom at Spring Valley High School near Columbia.

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy who flipped a student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor for refusing to leave math class could learn as soon as Wednesday whether he will be fired.

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said once his agency’s internal investigation is completed, he will make a decision about whether to keep Senior Deputy Ben Fields on the force.

The videos of the confrontation between a white officer and black girl stirred such outrage that Lott called the FBI and Justice Department for help. A criminal investigation is underway, but the probe generally takes more time.

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