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Mayor responds to Rolesville officer resignation after violent video

Posted March 4
Updated March 7

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— The Rolesville officer seen slamming a teen to the floor has resigned, and the town’s mayor Frank Eagles spoke Saturday about the incident.

Two months ago, Officer Ruben De Los Santos was seen slamming Jasmine Darwin to the ground in a viral video.

On Thursday, De Los Santos officially resigned.

Eagles said the negative attention is disappointing.

“A few people have caused a lot of trouble. There’s good kids in that school and majority of kids are great kids,” he said.

Chief Bobby Langston said De Los Santos handed in his letter Thursday.

In a statement released by the Town of Rolesville Langston released a statement:

"In this profession, law enforcement officers must make split-second decisions in tense and rapidly evolving circumstances. Sometimes that split second decision does not define the long standing character of the officer".

Jasmine's mother maintains her original stance — the officer used excessive force.

Eagles said, up until this point, as far he was aware, Officer De Los Santos had a great reputation.

“He’s a good cop. Been very friendly. He gets along with people great,” Eagles said.

The SBI is looking into the case and is expected to hand over its findings to the Wake County District attorney.

Eagles maintains his belief that De Lo Santos was a good officer, citing his 2016 award for officer of the year.

Darwin's mother said her daughter received a message online saying she is to blame for De Los Santos’s resignation, and she told her daughter not to respond. Eagles said he's received threatening messages as well.

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  • Megan Goodson Mar 6, 8:44 a.m.
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    I'm sad that an amazing officer was forced to resign because a pain in the bottom (really wral? I can't say a normal word?) student couldn't behave and he was forced to take drastic measures. If the mother and father had actually raised their child correctly and taught them not to act stupid and expect to get away with it, none of this would happened. And Jasmine, dear, it is YOUR fault he had to resign. If you had behaved and listened and didn't cause trouble, he'd still have a job. Take responsiblity for your actions. It's cause and effect (something you would learn at school if you would stop texting and bad mouthing teachers) You CAUSED the situation by not acting appropriately. Now the EFFECT is that this wonderful officer had to resign. This is all on your shoulders. I hope the SBI works in the favor of the officer this time and not the bratty child.

    Yes before anyone says a word. I work with my mother in the school system. I have seen the way these brats act. It's not pretty.

  • Ben Hill Mar 5, 6:15 p.m.
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    While no one wants their child slighted or disciplined, it is a part of growing up. If nobody teaches a child right from wrong and then disciplines the child when he/she knowingly makes bad choices, the only thing that the child learns is that he/she can get away with it. Growing up can be tough, but the real world is tougher and parents won't always be around to advocate for you.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 5, 3:06 p.m.
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    It's got to be one of the most difficult assignments for a police officer. The kids aren't respectful of the authority at school or elsewhere. I'm not referring to this incident, I'm only stating my belief that the in- school resource officer deals with situations that we are unable to comprehend. No one wants their child accused, slighted, or disciplined, and the children know that they always have their parents to advocate and defend them. It's got to be very difficult to walk in their shoes.