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California high school brawl video shows cop knocking out female student

November 21, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A video has surfaced on Youtube showing California sheriff’s deputy on video striking a female high school student during a lunchtime brawl in which police, firefighters and state highway patrol officers stormed Righetti High School in Santa Maria.

Six students were arrested and the school was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a series of fights rocked the Santa Barbara County campus and amped up tensions between cops and students, who resisted law enforcement officers and pelted them with food and bottles.

In a six-second video clip posted to YouTube, a Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputy is seen striking a female student as he grapples with another girl he is holding by the wrist. Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said the deputy’s actions were justified.

“We will be happy to explain the video,” she told the Santa Maria Times. “It was definitely a dangerous situation for our deputies. One of the deputies was punched in the chest.”

“The cops made it a lot more than it had to be, pretty much,” 17-year-old Chloe Williamson told the paper. Describing the incident with the deputy, Williamson said the student “was resisting, but he did not have to go punch her in the face. They could have tried other things before.”

No one was injured in the melee, but video images showed a deputy with cheese sauce covering his back as he and others wrestled with a student on the ground.

The first campus fight erupted about 12:30 p.m. and was stopped by a deputy assigned to the school. A second fracas erupted and students began pelting the cop with food and shouting at him.

Reinforcements from the Santa Maria Police Department, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the campus, where four males and two females were arrested and later charged with offenses including resisting arrest, assaulting a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, assaulting a school employee and obstructing officers in the performance of their duties.

The schools remained locked down for 90 minutes.

Classes resumed Thursday with an increased security presence on Thursday.

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