Deputy who tossed SC high school student won’t be charged

In this Monday, Oct, 26, 2015 photo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student, Senior Deputy Ben Fields tries to forcibly remove a student who refused to leave her high school math class, in Columbia S.C. The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after Fields flipped the student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor. (AP Photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina solicitor says a sheriff’s deputy will face no charges for tossing a student across a classroom after she refused to put away her cellphone.

Solicitor Dan Johnson announced Friday that he found no probable cause to charge Ben Fields. Fields was fired from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in October after students at Spring Valley High School recorded him flipping a girl to the floor and dragging her across a classroom.

Authorities charged that girl as well as another who recorded Fields while denouncing his actions.

Johnson says the charges of disturbing schools that both girls faced will also be dropped.

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