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Report: School resource officer’s actions ruled justified after seen on camera taking down high school student

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, FL- On Tuesday, August 17th, the State’s Attorney’s Office announced that the school resource officer seen in a viral video of a takedown in the hallway at Liberty High School will not face any criminal charges.

This is liberty high school in Osceola county and I’ve seen my share of body slams from that school not only by officers but from Deans as well. I’ve seen grown ass man hop on top of girls to hold them down while they are clearly in distress. pic.twitter.com/wyePuKVqqZ

— LouluNev (@LouluNevy) January 26, 2021

According to reports, a criminal investigation was opened in January after a video on social media showed Deputy Ethan Fournier, a school resource officer at Liberty High School, stabilizing a female student on the floor while attempting to arrest her.

Following a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation, the findings were turned over to Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell in May to determine if any charges were warranted.

During a news conference, Worrell announced that Fournier acted within the bounds of Florida’s use of force statutes. She said in a statement:

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the applicable law in this matter (the independent review) team has concluded that officer Fournier’s use of force did not violate any laws of the state of Florida. As such, there will be no criminal charges in this matter.”

Under Florida’s use of force statute,

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