Martinsville Police fires officer after incident involving student

Authorities said it happened Friday, Dec. 16

(WSLS 10)

MARTINSVILLE, Va.UPDATE - Dec. 21

The Martinsville Police Department says the officer involved in the Dec. 16 incident at Martinsville Middle School has been fired.

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Authorities say all information is being turned over to a special prosecutor, who will determine whether or not criminal charges are necessary.

The internal investigation conducted by Martinsville police is ongoing, police say.


ORIGINAL STORY

The Martinsville Police Department is conducting an internal investigation regarding an incident that happened last Friday (Dec. 16) at the middle school.

We’re told that a video is circulating on school media that involved an encounter between a student and a police officer who was temporarily serving as a School Resource Officer.

The department will be reviewing all available footage, including body camera footage, according to authorities.

Additionally, the officer involved will also no longer serve as a School Resource Officer for the district.

Martinsville City Public Schools released a statement on the matter, which you can find below:

Martinsville City Public Schools is aware of an incident that occurred between a student and a school resource officer. The officer is an employee of the Martinsville City Police Department, which is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Martinsville City Public Schools

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