Oklahoma City Police Master Sgt. Thomas Jaha was charged on Oct. 28 with one count of assault and battery after being caught on a video (below) striking an unidentified 16-year-old student at U.S. Grant High School.
The teen student was in the hallway without a pass, so Jaha, working as a school resource officer, confronted him about not being in the gym for an assembly, reports KFOR.
According to Jaha's police report, the teen took an aggressive stance, so Jaha defended himself by striking the student in the face.
Jaha asserted that the student took an aggressive stance a second time, so he hit the teen again.
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Oklahoma City Public School officials watched the surveillance video, and notified police.
"They have the right to use physical force to protect themselves, protect the public," Oklahoma City Police Capt. Paco Balderrama told the news station. "In this particular case, the force was not appropriate."
Jaha is on administrative leave with pay.
The teen was originally charged with disorderly conduct, but the surveillance footage cleared him, notes The Free Thought Project.
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The 16-year-old's family says the teen yelled for help before anyone showed up; the family has hired a lawyer.