The San Antonio school district is currently investigating an encounter between a cop and a 12-year-old girl in 6th grade who was videotaped being body slammed face first to the sidewalk by the officer. The video was shot by a student and posted online Tuesday on a local news blog. Since then it has gone viral, prompting the district to start an inquiry and put the officer, Joshua Kehm, on paid administrative leave for the time being. Leslie Price, a spokeswoman for the school district, said that “the video is very disturbing and we immediately launched a formal investigation, which is being conducted by both district police and administration.” She said later that investigators were interviewing witnesses. “We are not going to tolerate any excessive force,” she said.
Raul Valdez III, the father of Janissa Valdez, the student in the video, said she had been bullied in school and thought she was defending herself from another student. She has been suspended for three days.The video, about 30 seconds long, shows Officer Kehm lifting Janissa from behind. At least one student in a group surrounding them can be heard telling the girl to “chill.”
The police officer is going against the principle of universalizability because an act is morally acceptable if its maxim, or the principle of action you give yourself before you do something, is universalizable. This action was certainly not universally good for the 12-year-old girl or the cop since he is now on administrative leave because of the incident. Body slamming a middle school girl on her face when you are a male who is triple her age and weight will never be morally acceptable, no matter what the situation. The police officer obviously was not thinking about the maxim of the situation before he acted on this impulsive physical body slam to a child.