North Carolina Grand Jury Won’t Charge Officer Who Slammed Teenage Girl
In January, Officer Ruben De Los Santos was still on paid administrative leave despite the release of a video that showed him slamming a 15-year-old girl to the ground after a fight broke out before school one day.
While De Los Santos resigned earlier this month, a North Carolina Grand Jury declined to press charges against him for his actions that day. The case is considered closed for without further action, according to WTVD.
“Our law-enforcement officers are engaged daily in difficult interactions where they often are required to intervene. As they strive to maintain the peace and protect our community, it’s important that proper and legal boundaries on the use of force are followed,” said Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman. “I commend Chief of Police Bobby Langston for his willingness to invite an unbiased review of this matter and for his commitment to maintaining the public trust of his community.”
The grand jury could have charged with willful failure to discharge his duties and assault on a female, but chose to do nothing, according to CNN.
The student who was slammed to the ground, Jasmine Darwin, told a CNN affiliate that she’s still embarrassed about the incident.