Justice

Video Shows Police Officer Slamming Student to Ground

October 10th 2015

By:
Nicole Charky

New video shows a Texas police officer grabbing a high school student by his neck and slamming him to the ground after an apparent school cafeteria fight on Thursday, according to media reports.

Round Rock Police report that school officials asked for help when they couldn't stop a fight between two male students, according to KUVE, an ABC affiliate station. When the police officers arrived, they approached 14-year-old sophomore Gyasi Hughes, who "allegedly refused to comply and tried to get past the officers to continue with the altercation."

Police then claim they were forced to detain him. Cell phone video shows Officer Rigo Valles pushing the student to the ground, in what police said was "for his safety and the safety of others."

It's an uncomfortable moment that has people questioning the amount of force employed, including Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, who posted the video on Facebook.

Rigo Valles, Police Officer - Patrol, from the Texas Round Roc...

Furious! I'm told this boy was actually injured fairly severely and needed to go to the hospital after being assaulted by a police officer IN HIS SCHOOL.UPDATE: The officer in this video is Rigo Valles, Police Officer - Patrol, from the Texas Round Rock Police Department at Round Rock High School

Posted by Shaun King on Friday, October 9, 2015

Gyasi's family says the fight apparently broke out over football goggles, according to KXAN, a NBC affiliate. The student is a cornerback for Round Rock High School.

“I asked my friend to hold my goggles and during football I asked for them back and he told me repeatedly that he didn’t have them and he already gave them back to me,” said Gyasi.

When he asked his friend for the goggles back at lunch he apparently got upset and looked at the student's backpack.

“That’s when he (the other student) started pushing me, pushing me and was like ‘get away from me,’ and finally I pushed him back and I shoved him to the ground,” said Gyasi.

The scuffle started and police arrived. High school freshman Sebastian Vazquez said that he filmed the incident while he was sitting in the cafeteria, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

The student's father, Kashka Hughes, said that he filed an excessive use of force complaint with the police department on Friday.

“I don’t believe my son was acting too violent or attempting to hit the officer or anything of that nature,” he said.

Angelique Myers, a spokeswoman for the Round Rock police had no comment Friday on the video, the American Statesman reports.