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School Cop Body-Slams Girl, 12, During Fight (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A 12-year-old girl, Mariana Valadez, was body-slammed by an unidentified Dallas Independent School District (ISD) police officer at Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy on May 10 (video below).

The incident was filmed by a witness with a cell phone.

Mariana's mother, Alma, told KXAS: "I was crying because I didn’t know what... how can it happen."

Mariana was reportedly in a fight with another girl when the officer intervened.

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According to Mariana, the other girl was making fun of her.

The cop separated the girls, picked up 100-pound Mariana, and slammed her to the ground.

Mariana said the drama did not end there: "He pepper sprayed me in the eyes, and I couldn’t open my eyes because it was burning me, my eyes, so then they took us to the nurse to put water."

Mariana suffered a clavicle fracture, and had to be treated at a hospital.

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Alma believes the officer caused the injury: "Everybody say, 'Oh yeah, she deserve to be...' No, no. She don’t deserve it. She’s a 12-year-old girl."

Dallas ISD refused to be interviewed by the news station, but issued a statement:

Thursday, May 11 we received information about a social media post circulating of students at Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy involved in a physical altercation following dismissal on Wednesday, May 10. The video also captures a Dallas ISD police officer who attempts to end the disruption, however, his actions do not appear to represent the type of response we want our officers to display.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation of the incident, but that is not good enough for Alma, who said: "I don’t want him being suspended, I want him get fired. Why is he still working with kids? He’s not capable of working like that."

According to Alma, other students who filmed the incident were told to erase their videos by a school official. If true, that may be destruction of evidence if there is a criminal charge.

Mariana returned to school on May 16 after being suspended.

Two Dallas ISD school officers were photographed next to a handcuffed 7-year-old boy, Yosio Lopez, on May 9, causing outrage on social media, noted KDFW.

The boy's mother, April Odis, told KXAS that police did not mention that her son was taken from Gabe B. Allen Charter School to a mental health facility in DeSoto.

Yosio's family said the boy suffered bruises on his legs from the cop's nightstick, and marks on his back from the officer's stun gun.

Dallas ISD told KXAS that federal confidentiality laws did not allow them to confirm or deny the family's assertions.

KDFW reports that Dallas ISD issued a statement about the handcuff picture: "The image you may have seen posted is of a student while he is being restrained to protect himself against any further harm. We ask for your help during this period to not continue to spread misinformation."

The boy was not released to his family until May 15, six days after the school incident. The family's attorney asserted that Yosio was released from the mental facility after it was determined (by persons unknown) that the boy, who may have been injured by police, was no longer a threat to himself.

Sources: KXAS (2), KDFW / Photo credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr

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