A Massachusetts school police officer who was put on leave after kneeling on the neck and back of a student who was handcuffed during an arrest has been cleared.
An internal investigation concluded that the Brockton school officer seen on video kneeling on student in november “Acted in accordance with the laws in force and the protocols of the department,” according to a statement released this week by the city’s education department, The Company reported.
The school department said Superintendent Michael Thomas was told last week that the officer had been cleared following an investigation by the police department’s internal affairs unit.
The officer’s name has not been made public. He had been placed on paid administrative leave.
“While the conditions for the officer’s return to work are still being determined, the fundamental goal of the district is to maintain a positive learning environment for every student and this remains our primary goal,” said Jess Silva. -Hodges, a district spokesperson in the statement.
Thomas said the 16-year-old student was handcuffed because he allegedly physically assaulted another student. The student was charged with assault and battery and handed over to his parents, police said.