Not all the students in the now-viral Spring Valley High School assault video sat helpless as Officer Ben Fields grabbed a high school student from her chair and body-slammed across the classroom.
18-year-old Niya Kenny says she was also arrested after she stood up for her classmate – but her name wasn’t mentioned in the initial news reports.
“I was screaming ‘What the f***, what the f*** is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” Kenny told WLTX. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”
Kenny also claims she shot video of the incident and confronted the officer.
The witness was allegedly charged with “disturbing school,” and later released on $1,000 bond.
“Who was really disturbing the school?” asked Doris Kenny, Niya’s mother. “Was it my daughter or the officer who came in to the classroom and did that to the young girl?”
In a separate interview to MSNBC, Kenny told host Christopher Hayes that the cop accused of violence was known as “Officer Slam” on-campus.
“He’s known as ‘Officer Slam’ around our school,” Kenny stated. “I’ve heard he’s in the past slammed pregnant women, teenage girls. He’s known for slamming.”
Although Kenny’s claims about Officer Fields have not been verified or confirmed independently, the allegations are troubling nevertheless.
The incident is currently under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department.