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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.
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.
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.