Don Lemon and Sunny Hostin didn’t plan to make such a heated debate on CNN about the Spring Valley High School assault video, but it certainly opened up some eyebrows, even though the evidence of what occurred was replaying on TV, according to MSN. We have recently learned that the FBI is investigating the assault video.
Lemon is always on the wrong side of just about everything, whether he’s questioning the Black Lives Matter movement, asking people if they’re offended by the n-word or stealing the spotlight. Houston made sure those statements were avoided at all costs.
The two were joined in a discussion on Monday about the Spring Valley High School assault video. A black student was brutally thrown to the ground from her desk by Richland County, S.C., Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Fields, a school resource officer. Fields then dragged the student across the floor.
This is when the Don Lemon and Sunny Hostin debate started, as in Lemon’s opinion, he needed more information before “passing judgment” because seeing a student being dragged across the floor by someone twice her size wasn’t enough.
“We don’t know what happened. You weren’t sitting in the room, Sunny. You don’t know if she wasn’t standing up. You do need to know more, and as a prosecutor, you should want to know more,” he said. So it was facts he wanted, and it’s facts that the former federal prosecutor gave him.
Sunny Hostin reminded him that the officer should have assessed the situation to see if necessary force was needed, especially since the student was just sitting in her seat. Sunny, who is an attorney, journalist and commentator, replied with a strict view of the situation based upon the law. Noting that what should be assessed is whether or not that level of force was necessary, Hostin concluded that it was not, based upon the student remaining seated while Officer Fields assaulted her.
“The law provides that the standard here is whether or not the officer has to use this type of force. Whether it’s reasonable and necessary to somehow secure discipline in the school,” she stated.
Lemon attempted to interject, but she continued with her stance, stating that Officer Fields’ actions were not effective with regards to discipline.
“The bottom line is, Don, this is a young girl. This is a girl in school. There is no justification for using that kind of force. Whether or not that force is justifiable is the issue, and the force is not justifiable. She is sitting there, she is not resisting, she is sitting there in a chair. That is unreasonable force, that is excessive force, and it’s assault,” she continued.
What should have only been a spirited debate with Sunny Hostin quickly devolved into a Don Lemon shouting match. Although the general consensus seems to be that the officer in the clip used excessive force, Lemon and CNN analyst Tom Fuentes were both hesitant to sign off on that assertion.
Even presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, joined in with the hash-tagged subject. She tweeted on her account: “There is no excuse for violence inside a school. The #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh is unacceptable-schools should be safe places.”
Following the shocking video, we have now learned that Fields is currently being investigated by the feds. Sunny Hostin isn’t surprised.
“The Columbia FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a student at Spring Valley High School,” FBI Special Agent in charge David Thomas revealed. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence in order to determine whether a federal law was violated. As this is an ongoing investigation, per Department of Justice policy we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Officer Ben Fields has been placed on administrative leave while the school district and sheriff’s office conduct an investigation of the events. A federal investigation by the has also been requested by Richland County Sheriff, Leon Lott. Don Lemon and Sunny Hostin tried their best to tackle the issue without any agreement.