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No charges for Rolesville officer who slammed teen to floor

Posted March 7

Jasmine Darwin
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— A Wake County grand jury on Tuesday decided against charges for a Rolesville High School resource officer captured on video slamming a student to the floor as he tried to break up a January fight.

Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston accepted the resignation last Thursday of Officer Ruben De Los Santos. He had been on administrative leave since Jan. 3 when a student posted a video to Twitter that showed him picking up a female student and slamming her to the floor.

The grand jury had the option to suggest that De Los Santos be charged with willful failure to discharge duties and assault on a female. It decided against advancing those charges, and District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said the matter would be closed.

Langston said De Los Santos was trying to break up a fight involving three girls – a fight he described as "premeditated."

Desiree Harrison, the mother of the girl in the video, called it "embarrassing" and said it left her in shock.

Harrison acknowledged that one of her daughters had been in a fight and said the other daughter was coming to her aid when De Los Santos grabbed her.

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  • Jeff Freuler Mar 7, 5:50 p.m.
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    Well The mother should be embarrassed of the behavior of her daughters.

  • Robin Cubbon Mar 7, 4:42 p.m.
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    he body slammed a kid from 4 feet up in the air. no. i understand he is breaking up a fight but he can push her away or pull her away without not just knocking her to the ground but throwing her to the ground. that was excessive force and not a deescalation tactic. it was bad judgement. she is smaller than him. he could have really hurt her. he's acting like a bouncer not a police officer. i would be interested to know how cops are taught to break up a fight, or if they are.

  • Lynn Stewart Mar 7, 4:30 p.m.
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    It's amazing that we're still not hearing all of the story or seeing all of the video. We've seen 9 seconds slanted towards what the poster wants us to see. No other video has surfaced, and no complete narrative has been published. How do we know that this girl didn't start the fight or do something to cause the officer to respond as he did? Because mama said so! And mama's know that their little angels never do anything wrong. Yet, it cost this officer his job! How about demanding a full and complete investigation and publish the findings? If the students were in the wrong, then punish them to the full extent of the law and give the officer his job back. I'm tired of seeing the "victim" control the story...edited video and no witness statements.

  • Henry White Mar 7, 3:56 p.m.
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    OK, listen up because there is a lesson here, the officers actions were reviewed by a Grand Jury, they decided not to pursue charges. Do you know why? Because the silent majority are sick and tired of others thinking that there are no consequences for their actions.

    Grow Up, if you are jumping into a fight don't complain when you get put in your place.

    As far as the mother being shocked that there were no charges, smh, I grew up in an age where the beat down from the officer would have been the least of my worries.

  • Ileana Bryan Mar 7, 3:28 p.m.
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    So, if the teen had slammed the officer or anyone else, THAT would have been OK to press/file charges on/against? Gotcha.

  • Tim Orr Mar 7, 2:24 p.m.
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    So when my kids decide to fight it's ok for me to slam them to the ground now. Great Job!!!