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Cop's 'Violent Arrest' Of Unruly Student Who Tried To Flee Sparks Controversy

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Note: we are republishing this story amid nationwide discussion regarding police accountability and the relationship between police officers and their communities.

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

At about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, a 30-second video taken at Helix Charter High School near San Diego showed a La Mesa officer slamming a handcuffed student to the ground.

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

The video sparked backlash against the police department, with some community members calling for the officer’s dismissal. Students, parents, and community members are planning a protest to be held outside the campus on Monday morning.

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

Photo Credit: KPBS Public Media

According to La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez, officers had been called to the school after the 17-year-old student refused to leave the campus. When she refused to cooperate with the resource officer’s orders, she was handcuffed and taken to the school’s office.

Sources: KTLA

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