Arkansas school police officer suspended from service because he applied “chokehold” to a student while keeping him in the air
An alarming video filmed in the school cafeteria shows a policeman grabbing a black student by the neck to strangle him and lifting him several times into the air, continuing to strangle the child.
The video quickly spread on social media, which forced the Camden Police Department to send the brutal officer on administrative leave and start an investigation against him.
A school resource officer caught in a video in the dining room of Camden Fairview High School was identified as Jake Perry. To date, the reason for using such a cruel preventive method is not known.
Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody on Monday issued an official statement on the incident.
“On this date at 8:50 am I was notified by my staff that there had been an accident this morning at the Camden High School involving a Camden Police Officer. I was shown a video of Officer Jake Perry in an alteration with that appears to be a student. Officer Perry is assigned to the High School as a School Resource Officer (SRO).”
“Effective immediately, Officer Perry has been relieved of duty pending an investigation.”
“As the Police Chief, I will not tolerate misconduct from my officers and this matter will be dealt with accordingly and I will be transparent in doing so.”
Many students and their parents condemned such inappropriate behavior by a police officer towards a student.
“I don’t care what that child did. The way the cop handled him was unacceptable. There were so many other avenues to take other than choking the boy. The officer simply restrained him?” The Daily Mail quotes a worried person. “This is infuriating to say the least. To take and pick that boy up by his neck like that while choking him out. He could've broke his neck. This is inexcusable,” another Facebook user said.