Wake County Schools

Rolesville student slammed to ground by officer: 'I was in shock'

Posted January 3
Updated January 4

— In video on Twitter posted Tuesday by a student at Rolesville High School, a Rolesville police officer is visible picking up a female student and slamming her to the floor.

The girl in the video is Jasmine Darwin, who said she was trying to break up a fight between her sister and another student when the officer came from behind and slammed her to the ground.

Darwin said, in the moment, she hadn't fully grasped what had happened.

"Every time I look at it, its embarrassing," Darwin said of the video. "I didn't even realize it happened. Like, I was in shock."

Rolesville police chief Bobby Langston said the fight occurred in the school cafeteria at about 7:10 a.m.

Darwin's mother, Desiree Harrison, said she was called to the school about her other daughter, but had no clue what had happened to Darwin until after she got home. Harrison said she feels the officer's actions were excessive.

"When I'm looking at this video, I'm like 'oh my god, this cannot be happening to my child' because I was just up at the school and they didn't even tell me what happened to her," Harrison said. "They were so busy trying to get rid of the one who was in a fight but didn't even say something about the one that was not involved in anything."

According to Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, the officer seen on the video is Rolesville High School resource officer Ruben De Los Santos. De Los Santos, who is a member of the Rolesville Police Department and has been a resource officer at the school for four years, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Langston said the State Bureau of Investigation has been called in to review the incident and asked for public patience while the incident is investigated.

Harrison said she took her daughter to the hospital, where she was told she has a concussion. Harrison said she will keep her daughter home from school Wednesday.

"That's not how you handle a child. She's only 100 pounds. He could've killed her," Harrison said.

After the video was posted to Twitter, students were quick to tag the Wake County Public School System and ask for a response.

Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for the school system, said, "We are aware of the video. We are working with the Rolesville Police Department to gather all of the details around this incident to ensure that we take the appropriate action."

Rolesville High School principal Dhedra Lassiter released a statement on the school's website saying "I, like many of you, am deeply concerned about what I saw in the video."

"The safety of our students is always our first priority. Our school district works with many dedicated officers who protect out students," Lassiter said. "It is vital that our children have a positive relationship with these law enforcement officials. Those relationships are built on mutual respect."

Lassiter said that a unified agreement with local law enforcement agencies that provide training for school resource officers will be reviewed by the district and law enforcement agencies as part of the investigation.

Eagles said body camera footage of the incident exists. Langston would not go into detail about possible video that shows what happened before Darwin was thrown to the ground.


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  • Ashley Moore Jan 4, 2017
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    Next time, just let the kids fight. That way, adults will be blameless. Besides, they don't really want to fight. If they did, they would do it outside of school where there are no adults to stop them. This is a lot of posturing-up so that your peers think you're cool.

  • Jeff Freuler Jan 4, 2017
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    "Why are some police capable of taking down and arresting a person with a gun or knife while others just shoot?"

    Circumstances and the use of deadly force is allowed when facing a deadly threat. A person with a knife or firearm is a deadly threat. The ones who do not take it seriously are the ones who sometimes end up buried.

    Now go study up on the use of force and the use of deadly force,

  • Rod Runner Jan 4, 2017
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    I think this kind of force is necessary or acceptable for when a person is a threat, a bigger person. Say, some of the men that have been shot and killed. This is not acceptable on a small underage girl.

    Whey have police escalated their violence so far? Why do they shoot and kill people that they can subdue in this way? Why do they do this to people who are not a physical threat?

    Why are some police capable of taking down and arresting a person with a gun or knife while others just shoot?

    I know all situations are different, that is obvious, but this situation didn't need this. A headlock or armlock would suffice for this.

    Saying you don't know what she did before this is irrelevant. Look at her size and look at his size.

  • Rod Runner Jan 4, 2017
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    Black criminal, really?

  • Clarence Drumgoole Jan 4, 2017
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    Another lawsuit, taxpayers will have to pay for a stupid cop actions!

  • Teddy Fowler Jan 4, 2017
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    When you are involved in doing bad things sometimes bad things are a lot more likely to happen to you......

  • Jeff Freuler Jan 4, 2017
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    That is what's wrong today.

  • William Patterson Jan 4, 2017
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    you slam my daughter like this and you would need a wheel chair for at least six months .....

  • Tim Orr Jan 4, 2017
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    The old "pot and kettle" is still alive and well.

  • Sean Creasy Jan 4, 2017
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    Curious how the video starts right at the point that the officer is picking her up and slamming her.. Why does it not show what she was doing right before the officer showed up? Seems like creative editing to put the officer in a bad light to me..