San Antonio’s Joshua Kehm has been placed on paid leave for the brutal attack
A Texas police officer has been filmed slamming a 12-year-old girl into a cement pavement, in yet another example of shocking police brutality.
According to reports, high school sixth-grader Janissa Valdez was tackled by Joshua Kehm after becoming involved in an unexplained altercation with another student. The footage shows the officer – who works for the San Antonio Independent School District – struggling to restrain Valdez, before slamming her face-first into the floor. An audible smack is heard as her head hits the ground.
“You can actually hear it, her head hits the concrete and that’s what hurt me the most,” Janissa’s mother, Gloria Valdez, told KSAT 12. “I feel like if nobody does anything he can do it again, either to her or another student.”
The film first surfaced on a citizen journalism site Ghost-0, and was apparently recorded on March 29. Janissa requested not be interviewed, but an image of her with a black eye has since been shared on a local news site.
“Supposedly he was threatened by her that she kicked him, but in the video her legs never went up,” Valdez added. “All he had to is grab her and put her to the side.”
Police brutality is nothing new in America, and this follows a slew of similar incidents. In the last year, officers have already resorted to tasering, bodyslamming, and pulling out guns on teenagers; with many of the victims being either black, female, or both. Unfortunately, fair punishments are much harder to come by – and in this scenario, officer Kehm has been given paid administrative leave for the incident.
“It's very concerning. It's alarming to see this,” San Antonio School District spokesperson Leslie Price stated. “And while we want to get all the details, I want people to know that excessive force will not be tolerated in this district... We are gathering all the info we can to see what led up to it.”