San Antonio school officer on leave after video shows him body-slamming 12-year-old girl

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:33 AM

San Antonio Independent School District spokeswoman Leslie Price told the San Antonio Express-News that Officer Joshua Kehm intervened in a verbal argument between two girls at Rhodes Center School on March twenty-nine.

A San Antonio school police officer has been placed on leave while the district investigates a video purporting to indicate him throwing a 12-year-old girl onto the ground latest week.

San Antonio Independent School District spokeswoman Leslie Price told the San Antonio Express-News that Officer Joshua Kehm intervened in a verbal argument between two girls at Rhodes Center School on March 29.

"We necessity to discover out the details as to what occurred, but I can declare that we'll not tolerate excessive force in this district," Price told KSAT.

The 33-second video, which the Express-News reported was posted to YouTube Tuesday, shows Kehm struggling to restrain the student, identified as Janissa Valdez. Kehm then throws her to the ground and handcuffs her before picking her up and walking her away.

KSAT reported that a grouping of students claimed that Valdez kicked the officer several times before he grabbed her. Valdez denied doing so, telling the Sta that she was suspended from school for two days as a result of the initial confrontation.

"I was upset. I was angry, because I still couldn't believe that he'd done that to her," Valdez'south mother Gloria said. "And then she told me 'Mom, I wasn't fighting. Why'd he do that?'"

Price said the district'south police dept and the school administration were investigating the incident.

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