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Fired deputy says what he did was 'justified and lawful'

The (Columbia) State staff reports

In this frame captured from a Tweeted video, Richland County Sheriff's senior deputy Ben Fields, a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School, can be seen pulling a student from her desk to the floor.
In this frame captured from a Tweeted video, Richland County Sheriff's senior deputy Ben Fields, a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School, can be seen pulling a student from her desk to the floor. HiltonHead

The Richland County deputy fired after an altercation with a Spring Valley student that was caught on video said Wednesday he thinks what he did was “justified and lawful.”

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Ben Fields released a statement through his attorney, Scott. J. Hayes, late Wednesday afternoon.

“We believe that Mr. Fields’ actions were carried out professionally and that he was performing his job duties within the legal threshold,” Hayes said.

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Hayes said Fields would say no more because of the pending federal investigation.

“Mr. Fields welcomes the opportunity to address the particulars at the appropriate time.”

The FBI and the U.S. Justice Department are launching an investigation into an altercation between a school resource officer and a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. A video of the incident was posted online Monday and w

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