Earlier this year a video of a school resource officer (cop) went viral. In the video, “Office Slam”, as students called him, violently grabbed and threw, Shakara, a young Black girl in the classroom as teachers and administrators stood by. A brave young woman, Niya Kenny, recorded this video and came to the defense of the student who was assaulted. Shortly after, this cop was fired but Niya and Shakara had charges brought against them for “disturbing school.” The violent cop is not facing any legal repercussions for his actions.

On December 17, the Youth Organizing Institute joined Niya Kenny, Alliance for Education Justice, Baltimore Algebra Project, and VAYLA-New Orleans in Columbia, SC to deliver over 150,000 petition signatures with SC-based organizations and Colorofchange.org demanding the charges be dropped.

See photos from the action below! 

#DropTheCharges #EndWarOnYouth #BlackGirlsMatter

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