School Fires Texas Cop Who Assaulted 12-Year-Old Girl

By Kenrya Rankin Apr 13, 2016

On Monday (April 11), San Antonio Independent School District officials fired the police officer caught on tape body-slamming a 12-year-old girl.

Officer Joshua Kehm was taped picking up the Latina sixth-grader—whose name Colorlines will not publish, because she is a minor—and slamming her onto a brick walkway, face first. She appears to temporarily lose consciousness while on the ground. The incident happened on March 29.

The student says that her classmates had gathered because they thought she was about to fight another student, but that she was actually attempting to talk to the girl. “I was going up to her to tell her let’s go somewhere else so we could talk, but that’s when the cop thought I was going at her,” she said, according to NBC News. “I wasn’t going to do anything.”

The school district issued a statement announcing Kehm’s dismissal. “As educators, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for all of our students,” Superintendent Pedro Martinez said. “We understand that situations can sometimes escalate to the point of requiring a physical response; however, in this situation we believe that the extent of the response was absolutely unwarranted. Additionally, the officer’s report was inconsistent with the video and it was also delayed, which is not in accordance with the general operating procedures of the police department. We want to be clear that we will not tolerate this behavior.”

Kehm’s union, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, supports him. Executive director Charley Wilkison told NBC News that the union will assist him with “whatever legal representation he needs.” He also said that the union “is concerned that the department acted before it has had time to fully evaluate all of the facts in the matter.”

After the school completes its investigation, the Bexar County district attorney will investigate the incident.