Nov 2, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky – A high school student launched an attack on a police officer and learned the hard way that police fight to win.
An edited video only shows the police response, which has led to claims of police brutality.
However, the video was specifically edited to remove parts which show the officer being attacked.
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, a school resource officer at Jeffersontown High School intervened in an altercation between two students who were fighting over a pair of headphones.
The officer requested assistance from Jeffersontown Police after one of the students “tried to attack the officer,” explains Jeffersontown County Public Schools spokeswoman Allison Martin via the Courier Journal.
As an officer removed the student from the school building, the student’s brother and several other students attacked a Jeffersontown police officer.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Ken Hatmaker said that the brother struck an officer in the head before tackling him into a wall.
A third officer deployed his taser in order to stop the attack.
One video, which is currently online, has clearly been edited. Chief Hatmaker explains that the second unedited video includes footage of the attack on the officer.
“I saw my officer attacked, hit in the head,” Chief Hatmaker said.
He also noted that the officers were outnumbered by the students.
“I want the whole story out there,” Chief Hatmaker said. “This was a quick and appropriate response by police to gain control of the situation.”
Jeffersontown High School Principal Matt Kingsley addressed the incident in a letter sent to parents and guardians on Wednesday.
In addition to explaining the incident, Kingsley advised parents that he is reviewing school security footage in order to identify which students were involved and that “those students will be disciplined to the fullest extent our policies will allow.”
Wave 3 News reports that two juveniles have been arrested. The student who attacked the officer is facing felony charges for the assault.
You can see the video of the incident below: