Last month Officer Joshua Kehm was responding to an altercation between two girls at Rhodes Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. While trying to restrain one of the girls, a camera phone recorded Kehm slamming the middle schooler face first onto the pavement.
Kehm is a former air force veteran who had only been with the San Antonio police force for one year prior to the incident.
In the video Kehm appears to have full control of the child as he carries her from behind as she offered very little resistance. Kehm suddenly twists and throws the girl who lands face first. The girl appears to be knocked out after hitting the concrete.
Gloria Valdez is the mother of the girl in the video, she described to CNN affiliate WOAI/KABB the horrifying details of the video.
You could just hear where she hits the ground. And it’s nothing but concrete, cement,” she said. “She wasn’t moving. She was just knocked out. I wanted answers, and nobody could give me answers.
School officials were quick to condemn the officers actions.
We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted,” said San Antonio Independent School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez.
Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department. We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior,” Martinez said.
On Monday, the San Antonio police department reported that they fired Kehm.
Martinez made it clear that the San Antonio School district’s investigation will continue and will help the police department decide if they should take further action.
We know that this incident does not define our district police department, which is dedicated to serving and protecting our school community,” he said. “We all want to make sure this kind of incident does not occur again, and we will seek to identify areas where improvement may be needed.
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