A shocking video has emerged of a special needs student being beaten by a school resource officer in California.
23-year-old Marchell Mitchel was pushing the Francisco Martinez down the hallway when the incident occurred at Oakland High School.
“He slapped me. He hit me so hard, it threw me out of my chair. I hit the floor with my chin first. I had a scar right here,” Martinez said.
According to the school, Mitchel is a substitute resource officer and he had been urging students to get to class on time on May 19. 17-year-old Martinez, who’s wheelchair bound and has cerebral palsy, “either refused to comply or was slow to do so,” according to Principal Matin Abdel-Qawi.
When Mitchel tried to push Martinez’s wheelchair, the student allegedly started to slap his hands away, causing Mitchel to handcuff the teen to his wheelchair. Martinez admits that he spit on the guard after that.
“I was handcuffed, so I didn’t have no way to defend myself but my mouth,” he said.
Apparently that’s what sparked the vicious attack that ended up with Martinez on the floor in the hallway after being beaten out of his chair. He also claims that in addition to being attacked in the hallway, he was beaten and thrown on the ground in an elevator.
Martinez said that ever since the traumatic incident he’s been battling pain throughout his body.
Mitchel was fired from his position and arrested by Oakland Police. He was charged with corporal injury to a child, which is a felony in California.
“I’m shocked and deeply hurt by this behavior and apologize on behalf of the staff at Oakland High,” Abdel-Qawi wrote. “This incident is not reflective of the kind of culture we cherish at our school or how we treat one another.”
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