The Florida school worker who was caught on video that jerked a girl’s head is confronted with battery charge
A former deputy school employee in Orange County, who was caught on camera and pulled a 13-year-old girl by her hair, is charged with the battery.
In November 2019, video deputy Harry Reid, who was assigned to Westridge Middle School, showed with excessive force to hold a student by pulling the girl’s hair while she screamed.
Reid was immediately removed from the school pending investigation and dismissed the same day.
On January 30, the Orange-Osceola County State Attorney’s Office also filed a felony battery against him.
Delegate Harry Reid was immediately removed from high school in Westridge as soon as the video appeared and was fired the same day – he is now charged with a felony battery
Deputy Reid forcefully pulled the girl’s head back, making her scream as he pushed her
Harry Reid, a deputy sheriff from Orange County, faces a battery charge about how he treated this high school student in white headwrap during a November 2019 outage
Images from the body camera and videos from mobile phones showed that Reid pulled Wilmica Edmond’s head back during a malfunction.
Delegates were called to Summerset apartments on November 7, 2019 for reports of a fight between a large group of students, reported Orlando Sentinel.
The fight would come from a constant dispute between two female students at Westridge Middle School.
In the video of the body camera released by the sheriff’s office, a delegate confronts a visibly agitated Edmond in a white headwrap that is being stopped by other teenagers.
He tries to calm her down and instructs her to lean against a patrol vehicle.
‘What is going on?’ the assistant sheriff asked. ‘You behave wildly, come here. Relax. Sit down.’
Edmond continues to scream, at which moment Deputy Reid intervenes and calls to her that she was the one who caused problems at school.
Reid then pin the girl’s arms behind her back.
“I’m tired of this ***!” he shouts as he grabs the girl by the back of her head and pulls it backwards.
Edmond keeps screaming while Reid leads her to his cruiser and forces her into the back seat.
While the crowd of bystanders roars, Reid hits out and orders everyone to back up.
“This is because you are crazy! You are all stupid little children! ‘ he shouts.
Deputy Reid pulled out his stick and shouted to the bystanders: “You are all stupid little children!” while dragging 13-year-old high school student Wilmica Edmond into the police car
Deputy Harry Reid accused Wilmica Edmond, 13, of fighting outside an apartment complex. He pulled her away from other teenagers and pinned her against a “excessive force” cruiser
Deputy Reid led the moaning Edmond to the back of the cruiser and forced her inside
She claims that she had neck pain and sleeping problems after the incident, according to ClickOrlando.com.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said that Reid, who was hired in February 2019, was immediately removed from the school and fired later that day.
He added that an internal investigation was then conducted by the Professional Standards Division and the results were sent to the State Attorney’s Office, which last month decided to charge Reid with a battery.
The second substitute involved in the incident was not charged.
Mina said the assistant sheriff “had the situation under control.” [and] tried to de-escalate “when Reid showed up and the situation even escalated and made it worse.”
It is not clear whether Reid has been arrested on the indictment or has been summoned.
The Sherriff’s Office said that from 2000 to 2004, Reid had previously been a substitute at the Sheriff’s Office of Orange County.
He also worked as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina from 2005 to 2016.
“There is no doubt that his actions were excessive and I did not see that he had to get hold of a high school child. It seemed to me that he was losing control and his actions were totally inappropriate, “Mina said last year after the video was released.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina was praised for his quick response to the incident
Wilmica Edmond spoke at a press conference about the pain she suffered after the incident
“I’m very upset by what I’ve seen on that video,” he added.
“The actions of this substitute seem to violate some of the most important values and expectations that I have set as sheriff. The kind of behavior I saw on the video and on camera-worn camera video is not tolerated. ”
Mina’s rapid response to the incident was praised by state Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat, who wrote: “This is how the pipeline goes from school to prison.”
“Excessive use of violence against one student and then verbal insults against all students,” she added.
“Incredible and hurts all the police efforts to build trust in the community.”
Two days after the incident, the Sheriff’s Office of Orange County announced that the policy for arresting children has been updated.
Mina said the assessment began in September 2019 after a spare officer had arrested two six-year-olds.
“Anyone who is arrested or detained under the age of 13, unless there is a threat of escape or violence, the assistant sheriff must contact a guard before they put those juveniles in handcuffs,” Mina said.