FBI, Justice Department probe violent US school arrest

The FBI and the US Justice Department said Tuesday they had opened a civil rights investigation into the violent arrest of a black female high school student by a white police officer in South CarolinaThe FBI and the US Justice Department say they have opened a civil rights investigation into the violent arrest of a black female high school student by a white police officer, footage of which has gone viral and sparked outrage. The incident in South Carolina comes amid a heightened focus on police brutality in the United States after a string of incidents — some deadly — involving law enforcement officials and African Americans. In two mobile phone videos of Monday’s confrontation at a high school in the state capital Columbia, an officer has a short conversation with a girl, sitting at her desk, before grabbing her by the neck, flipping her and her desk over, and dragging her along the floor.

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