A La Mesa police officer will no longer patrol schools after cell phone video captured him slamming a 17-year-old girl to the ground at Helix Charter High School Friday.
The officer is not being disciplined as the department investigates his use of force, said Lt. Chad Bell, a spokesman for the La Mesa Police Department. Instead, he has been transferred to the investigations division.
According to students that witnessed the attack: “The police officer that did this had no right to do this at all,” he said. “She didn’t fight back. She didn’t give him attitude. She obeyed the officer and he slammed her.”
They are calling for La Mesa police to receive de-escalation training. They also want the high school to adopt a restorative justice policy that softens harsh and hasty punishment in favor of mediation.