What If Officer Fields Were Someone Else?
Trill or Not Trill?

After watching this video of Officer Ben Fields assault of a Spring Valley High, I was clearly appalled. What I love about social media, is that the hashtag immediately went viral (#AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh).  It is essential that we as a community stand up and respond. As an educator, my goal is to create the safest most productive space for all our students. Even when dealing with disruptive students, it is our jobs as the professionals to handle situations accordingly. I’ve worked in schools where police officers were placed in the classroom.  The students weren’t the best behaved but they listened to my brand of education. It’s not an easy job but with the right type of work, success can be achieved.

According to witnesses, this toss, tackle, choke and grab stemmed from the student refusing to hand over her cell phone. I understand it might be against policy but I will never comprehend the use of such force. Other students who were frightened were also not safe.  In true Petty Wap fashion, he threatened a student to arrest a crying student and subsequently did for disrupting school. She was released from custody on a $1,000 bond, WLTX-TV reported.

It’s been stated, the FBI and authorities are investigating the incident, which is hopefully a good thing.  Such behavior is simply unacceptable. If Officer Fields were someone else, here are some possible outcomes.

If Officer Fields were that young lady’s parent…
South Carolina Child Protective Services would have likely taken away that young lady from her home.  Children have been removed from their homes for less. One of their primary missions includes the following:
1. Providing services intended to minimize harm to children and maximize the ability of families to protect and care for their own children.
According to the to South Carolina’s Department of Social Services indicators of physical anise include, human bite marks, lacerations or abrasions, burns in the shape of an iron, grill or cigarette, immersion burns and any other significant unexplained marks or bruises. 

If that young lady was a dog or any living vertebrae creature…
We likely would have seen an arrest here. Looking at The South Carolina Code of Laws, SECTION 47-1-40. Ill-treatment of animals generally; penalties; we might have seen a arrest here.
It states that a person who tortures, torments, needlessly mutilates, cruelly kills, or inflicts excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering upon an animal or by omission or commission causes these acts to be done, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by imprisonment of not less than one hundred eighty days and not to exceed five years and by a fine of five thousand dollars.
This was not the first complaint about Officer Fields behavior and possible cruelty. This was his first time getting caught on camera, so perhaps maybe just a fine would come out of this.

If Officer Fields was a peer…
A punishment would have certainly be levied. What type of punishment is still questionable. According to South Carolina Law here are the reasons a student can be expelled from school:
Sometimes one event is enough to lead to expulsion. Sometimes several smaller offenses repeated over time can lead to this punishment. State law also lists offenses that can lead to expulsion:
• committing a crime,
• major immorality (behavior that is extremely
inappropriate by social standards),
• major misbehavior,
• ongoing disobedience, or
• violation of the school district’s or State Board
of Education’s written rules.
Also, if your presence is believed to be damaging or harmful to the best interest of the school, an
administrator can recommend that you be expelled.

Now, I’m no administrator but with the prior claims put forth against him plus this latest incident, I might recommend expulsion.

If Officer Fields was a teacher…
He would likely have been arrested for assault.

If Officer Fields were a linebacker on the South Carolina football team…
He would have easily be charged with a 15 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. To be honest, such a tackle might have got him kicked out of the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. It would all depend on if the referees regarded the initial choke as one illegal play on it’s own or if they combined the choke with the dragging. His initial tossing might have been a considered a legal tackle but the flags would have came out after that.

If Officer Fields were John Cena…
such a devastating finishing move would probably get him back his US Championship belt from Alberto Del Rio.


never forget.

If that young lady had been Dylann Roof…
She would have been gently arrested and escorted out of the classroom. She would have been treated to some Burger King and she also would have murdered innocent people in a church as opposed to giving up her cell phone.



If Officer Fields were a character in Grand Theft Auto…
He’d have himself a new car to drive around in and cause havoc. This whole incident looked like a gruesome scene from that video game. The scenes where the main character stops a car and drags the driver out and goes joyriding. Did you get points or anything for doing that? If so, then Fields would have plenty.

If Officer Fields was me play wrestling with my little cousin…
That would be punishment waiting. There was this one time I bodyslammed my cousin as we played a game called WWF Royal Rumble. After a slight cut on a bed post, I was sent to a corner and be told to get on my knees. I got on my knees on dry rice for hours, all while saying multiple hail mary’s. I escaped a whooping this time.

If Officer Fields were thinking from a different, more humane mindset…
Maybe none of this would have happened.



Stay trill, folks.

MrJeffDess is a writer, professor, public speaker and emcee of Haitian descent. He is an author of 4 books of poetry, including his latest, Deconstructing Ratchet. With over ten years of performing and student affairs experience under his belt MrJeffDess continues to strive towards helping students reach their highest potential. For booking information, contact MrJeffDess at mrjeffdess@gmail.com