Published January 08, 2015
The Oakland Unified School District has fired a high school resource officer who is also facing a felony charge after he slapped and dumped a student out of his wheelchair.
KTVU-TV reports the district announced the firing of Marchell Mitchell Thursday, while also apologizing to the parents of the injured Oakland High School student.
Mitchell became angry when a group of students were lingering in the school’s hallway earlier this month. District spokesman Troy Flint says Mitchell grabbed the handles of the wheelchair and began to push Martinez toward class. Martinez objected and began to slap the officer’s hands.
"He then responded in an extremely emotional manner, basically by snapping and punching the student several times and dumping him out of his wheelchair and onto the floor," Flint told KTVU.
Prosecutors have charged Mitchell with child abuse.
The Associated Press contributed to this report