Arkansas School Resource Officer “Relieved of Duty” Following Chokehold Incident

A school resource officer in Arkansas has been “relieved of duty pending an investigation,” Camden Police Chief Boyd Woody said, after a video surfaced online of the officer apparently holding a student in a chokehold.

CNN reports that a video (which has been removed from Facebook) starts with the officer holding a student in a chokehold position. You see the student’s feet dangle off the ground while other students watch. The video shows the officer loosen his hold and lead the student out of the frame in a side headlock.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Camden Police Department, Officer Jake Perry has been “relieved from duty” effective immediately.

In a statement, Camden Fairview School District Superintendent Fred Lilly said the district will cooperate with the police investigation. The district will also work with police to ensure that policies and procedures for school resource officers at the school are reviewed and revised, if needed, Lilly said.
“CFSD’s first priority is, and will continue to be, to provide an excellent education to all of our students in a safe environment,” Lilly said.

Author: Malea Howard

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