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School security gaurd assaults, handcuffs handicapped student to wheelchair

Yet another example of a glorified hall-monitor run a muck,  an Oakland High school guard brutally attacked a student, allegedly punching, handcuffing and dumping a handicapped student out of his wheel chair.  The Officer, Marchell Mitchell, has been charged with child abuse and fired.

The details of this situation are deplorable. police brutality

Mitchell was trying to encourage students to get to their classes when the bell rang and they were late.  The victim, a student name Francesco Martinez with Cerebral Palsy that uses a wheelchair, either refused to obey or was too slow for Mitchell’s liking.

So this swell-guy took the handles of Martinez’s wheelchair and pushed him toward class, Martinez objected and tried to slap away the guard’s hands, officials said. Mitchell then handcuffed Martinez and continued to roll him, and the student turned around in his wheelchair and spat in Mitchell’s face, authorities said.

The security officer then struck the student several times before dumping him from his wheelchair onto the floor, at which time another security officer intervened to restrain his partner.

This is a new low.  Not only was this guard abusing a student.  This time the abuse was to a handicapped child.  Not only is this an abuse of power, oppression and degradation  – this time it happened to someone that cannot even defend their self as well as a normal student.

This stuff sickens me, and I am reminded of the many many times I have clients that tell me of the abuses they have suffered by the police or guards.  I thought that was bad enough.  But this is despicable.

Video of the Incident

2 Responses so far.

  1. dac says:

    This is a man hired by the School district? The school district presents itself as a protector of children. THIS IS HOW THEY PROTECT THEM??

    School districts make volunteers jump through hoops because the school wants to protect students from “the unknown factor” of people entering the school. The school district forces volunteers to summit to criminal background checks at the beginning of each semester?

    What type of check did this guy have to pass?

    School districts force volunteers to go through orientations–

    What type of orientation did this guy go through?


    • Unfortunately this is not the first time, or the last time this has happened. You make a good point, it seems pretty obvious that there was not enough scrutiny of this officer.

      My bet, this is not his first horrible over-reaction. In the coming weeks and months I would not be at all surprised to learn that he has a disciplinary record for being abusive to people.

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