Mayor: Officer seen slamming Rolesville student to ground placed on leave

— In video on Twitter posted Tuesday by a student at Rolesville High School, a Rolesville police officer is visible picking up a female student and slamming her to the floor.

A witness to the incident told WRAL News that the girl involved was Jasmine Darwin, and that Darwin was trying to break up a fight between her sister and another girl. The video doesn’t provide any insight into what prompted the officer to act.

According to Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles, the officer seen on the video is Rolesville High School resource officer Ruben De Los Santos. Santos, who is a member of the Rolesville Police Department and has been a resource officer at the school for four years, has been placed on paid administrative leave. 

Eagles said he believes the incident depicted in the video occurred early Tuesday morning, before the first bell rang to signal the start of classes.

After the video was posted to Twitter, students were quick to tag the Wake County Public School System and ask for a response.

Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for the school system, said, “We are aware of the video. We are working with Rolesville Police Department to gather all of the details around this incident to ensure that we take the appropriate action.”

Eagles said body camera footage of the incident exists.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.