LANCASTER — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding a confrontation between a Lancaster High School student and a school resource deputy caught on video and widely circulated on social media.
The incident occurred on Aug. 30 at the high school. The deputy was attempting to detain the juvenile female student in relation to an unspecified criminal complaint. The student physically resisted the detention and the deputy used force to take the student into custody, the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station said in a release.
The juvenile was released from custody to her parents, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in an email.
The approximately five-second video appears to show the deputy and student fall to the ground as a door opens behind them. The deputy attempts to restrain the student, who struggles beneath him.
“As a result of the interaction, the Sheriff’s Department has directed an in-depth review of the policy and tactics which were used during the incident,” the release said. “We will thoroughly review our actions related to this incident and take appropriate action. The Sheriff’s Department has been working in partnership with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for several years with the continuing goal of providing a safe environment for all involved in the learning process.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department’s Lancaster station at 661-948-8466. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-8477.