Family, Former Officer React To Video Of Fight At North Forsyth H.S.

Video Shows Officer Breaking Up Fight

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Two Winston-Salem parents say video of an incident at North Forsyth High School proves an officer used excessive force against her daughter.

Jeffrey and Sharon Rogers' daughter was involved in a fight, with another female student, in the school cafeteria last Tuesday.

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The Rogers say School Resource Officer R. White used excessive force when breaking up the fight.

An anonymous viewer sent video of last week's incident to WFMY News 2. It shows the officer pinning Rogers' daughter against a window, before the two fall to the ground.

We showed the video to the Rogers. They think the video is proof of wrongdoing by the officer. 

"I watched the video over and over again," Sharon Rogers said. "And, the more I've seen it, when my daughter said he slammed her, he really, truly slammed her."

Jeffrey Rogers said, "It kind of hurts that the people who are supposed to protect you would be the ones to hurt you."

Winston-Salem police say the video is not necessarily proof of excessive force. 

Asst. Chief Connie Southern released this statement in regard to the video: "This video appears to be only a short excerpt of the entire event.  As the Police Department is currently conducting an internal review of this matter, and criminal charges are pending as a result of the incident, it would be inappropriate for the Department to make any specific response or comment on this video."

Police say White, and North Forsyth's principal, attempted to break up a fight between two students in the school's cafeteria. According to a Winston-Salem Police news release, Officer White tried to take a 16-year-old – Rogers' daughter – into custody.

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Police say the girl suffered a minor injury in the incident. She was later treated and released from a hospital.

The Rogers say their daughter received a cut to her head when the officer tried to take her into custody. Police have not confirmed that to be the case. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School district also has not confirmed the girl's injuries were due to any sort of "slamming" incident.

Police cited the Rogers' daughter for fighting. Any citations against the other 15-year-old student are pending. The incident is still under investigation.

WFMY News 2 also showed the video to a law enforcement expert. Ed Cobbler is a retired Greensboro Police officer. He served on the force for 15 years and has been a private investigator for more than 30.
He says this clip is too short to determine whether the officer used excessive force.

"We don't really know what happened before and we don't really know what happened afterward. So, it's hard to make a strong decision as far as excessive force," Cobbler said.

Cobbler added the SRO did what all officers are trained to do when he put the student on the floor.

"Officers are trained to place somebody on the ground or on the floor as soon as possible because they can control them. Get their hands, their arms behind them to put the handcuffs, and in this video it showed that the person was still resisting that was on the floor," he said.

 

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