The Black teenage girl slammed on the concrete by a school resource officer is reportedly suffering from memory loss stemming from the incident. Jamesha Bracey, the mother of 16-year-old Taylor Bracey, told Florida’s WESH 2 that her daughter has been struggling since the day Deputy Ethan Fournier of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office slammed her unconscious and handcuffed her.
She says that Taylor is having trouble sleeping, as well as suffering from memory loss and headaches, and is overall “traumatized by the ordeal.”
The shocking assault took place at Liberty High School in Kissimmee, Florida. The ordeal went viral after a bystander’s footage of the incident was shared online. In the footage, the teen’s head and body can be seen hitting the ground moments before the officer puts her in handcuffs. She lays motionless for a few moments after being cuffed.
In a statement issued by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Fournier was allegedly trying to stop a fight between Taylor and another student. However, civil rights attorney Ben Crump disputes this claim, saying “there was never a fight.”
Crump explained that the alleged fight was nothing more than exchanging words between Taylor and another student. He says that the student did not get physical with anyone and that Fournier’s actions were unprovoked.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has placed Fournier on paid administrative leave pending their investigation. Crump and the Bracey family are calling for charges to be filed.
“We demand that this officer be terminated because this is unacceptable that you can do this to our children and not be held accountable, Crump said to CBS News. He is petitioning for the officer to face charges of aggravated assault and battery on a child.
Sheriff Marcos Lopez said during a press conference last week that his office has turned the investigation over to the Department of Florida Law Enforcement.
The BRUTALITY of an @OsceolaSheriff deputy body-slamming a student at Liberty HS in Kissimmee FL, hit so hard on concrete she likely lost consciousness! This was NOT a “minimal amount of force necessary” as dictated by the Dept’s use of force policy! We must demand justice! pic.twitter.com/zm8cwQb2gZ
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 27, 2021