“Larrison has at least 3 experts within the department who watched the video and agree he acted within policy.” when he violently shoved a 15-year-old girl.
The incident happened on Jan. 25, 2011 at Ombudsman Charter School at 4000 E. Thomas Road. Officer Patrick Larrison ran up behind the girl, who was walking away, and shoved her into the wall. She was hit so hard that she appeared to be temporarily knocked unconscious.
2 years later Larrison received his sentence. The penalty for brutally slamming a 15-year-old girl into a wall who posed no threat whatsoever, a 32-hour vacation.
According to the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Officer Patrick Larrison received a 40-hour suspension for a use of force incident, which unbeknownst to him, was filmed and posted on YouTube.
Incidentally, after review, the opinion of the Tactical Training Detail was that the force was in policy; however former Phoenix Police Commander Rob Handy overruled the decision, as did Chief Garcia.
Officer Larrison’s suspension was reduced to 32 hours, however, there is more to this case and PLEA is considering filing a Special Action with the court due to the City’s failure to turn over witness testimony required under ARS 38-1101.
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Sadly, police being cleared of wrongdoing is hardly an isolated incodent. As The Free Thought Project reported, Officer Rigo Valles was cleared of assaulting a 14-year-old student after an investigation by Internal Affairs and the department determined the officer’s actions “were reasonable and within policy” and there were no violations of department procedures.
Hughes is not alone in his attack either.
Several videos have recently emerged revealing violent school resource officers brutally attacking minors. In October, Richland County Deputy Ben Fields was fired after students recorded him flipping over a girl’s desk and dragging her across the floor. Oklahoma City Master Sgt. Thomas Jaha was charged with assault and battery in October as well, after repeatedly punching a student in the face for not having a hall pass.
Last month, prosecutors agreed to dismiss assault charges against Louisville Metro Police Officer Jonathan Hardin for punching a student in the face if the former officer completes anger management classes. Hardin still faces wanton endangerment, official misconduct, and assault charges for choking another student unconscious in a separate incident five days later.