CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department resource officer J. Flowers responded to a fight Thursday involving about six students in the hallway of Harding University High School, according to a CMPD news release.
A new video released Friday showed more of the intense brawl between the students at Harding University High School.
Flowers attempted to de-escalate the situation and disperse a large crowd when a 15-year-old student involved in the fight tackled the officer, knocking him to the ground, police said.
When Flowers regained his footing, he attempted to restrain the student and handcuffed him. Police said the student was being combative and resisted Flowers, who used physical force in an attempt to gain compliance.
The student was arrested and Merissa Robinson said it was her son, Davione.
“The school is saying he was in the brawl but from what I'm seeing and hearing, he was trying to break it up,” Robinson said.
Officers also recovered a pair of brass knuckles in the possession of the teen. He was charged with assault on a police officer, simple assault, resisting arrest and weapons charges.
The teen was taken to a juvenile detention facility.
“Right now it's just a bunch of he said, she said, and I just don’t know,” Robinson said.
The CMPD Internal Affairs Division is conducting an investigation to ensure that Flowers followed department procedures and directives.
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