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The South Carolina deputy who addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon doesn't believe resource officer Ben Fields is racist because of his romantic relationship with a Black woman.

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Soon after the video was uploaded and gained national attention, Fields was placed on administrative leave. On Tuesday afternoon, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that Fields was suspended without pay.

Video footage of a South Carolina police officer picking up, throwing, and dragging a student while inside a classroom surfaced online Monday afternoon. In the footage, which was reportedly taken at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, the officer — identified as Ben Fields — is seen confronting a student, who appears to be a teenage […]

UPDATE 1/26/14 12:33PM EST: Police in Columbia Maryland have identified Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, as the suspect in Saturday’s shooting at The Mall in Columbia. USA Today reports: Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said Aguilar, who lived in College Park, Md., fatally shot two people at a store before killing himself. Police are trying […]