Former Guilford County school resource officer, Harry Reid, has been fired after a bodycam video showed him using excessive force on a middle school student.
Orange County, Fla. Sheriff John Mina announced Reid’s termination after footage showing the officer yanking the child’s head back by her hair was shared on Facebook.
According to the call-for-service log, the police were responding to a report of a large group of students fighting, running around and jumping on vehicles. The log described the incident as an “ongoing problem between 2 groups of girls” that had already led to “incidents at school this week and last week.”
The video shows Reid taking one of the girls involved in the altercation into custody. When the girl screams, Reid can be seen grabbing her hair and pulling her head back as he pushes her towards a squad car.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the child was not arrested, but was detained and later released to a parent.
Later in the video, the deputy can be heard yelling at the crowd that gathered calling them “stupid little children.”
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Sheriff Mina said there was “no doubt in my mind” that the deputy acted excessively. Also stating that he saw no indication in the video that there was a need for the deputy to lay hands on the girl.
“I want… the residents of Orange County to know this: That deputy’s behavior and actions violated many policies, our standards — but, more importantly, the vision and expectations that I have set as sheriff and definitely will not be tolerated, and I want our deputy sheriffs to know that as well,” Mina said.
Mina said the findings of an internal investigation would be forwarded to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office “to see if criminal charges are warranted.”