NJ HS Students Take Stand Against Police Abuse after Video goes Viral
Hundreds of students staged a walk out of a New Jersey high school in protest of police brutality after a video of an officer roughly arresting two fellow students went viral.
Officer Hanifah Davis was caught on video grabbing Nyasia and Kyasia Sorrells, twin sisters, by the hair, tossing them to the ground and mounting himself on top of them.
It was such an egregious display of brutality, a school board member was ticketed for stepping in to intervene.
The twins, who are honor roll students, were charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.
One of them was was also charged with aggravated assault.
On Friday, students walked out of class and marched to the Orange Police Department’s station holding signs while chanting “We want justice!,” according to NBC New York.
The incident happened at the Orange High school after it was letting students out for the day.
Nyasia and Kyasia were getting pizza on Thursday near the high school when Davis attempted to clear the corner.
Video footage shows Davis telling the girls to back up.
When Nyasia approached, officer Davis grabbed her by the hair then tosses both of the girls to the ground.
“He grabbed me by my hair and swung me on the ground, and started like, bashing my head on the ground,” Nyasia Sorrells told Pix11.
“He has both of us on the ground, and his knees was on both of us, and we couldn’t do nothin’,” her sister Kyasia Sorrells added.
Orange police later identified the officer as Hanifah Davis.
The twins’ father, Mike Sorrells, was furious after viewing footage of the way his daughters were treated.
“They knew they was wrong. You don’t do that to nobody’s kids,” he said.
“He needs to be fired.”
“He needs to go to jail,” the father said, adding his concern that video footage of the incident my have a negative impact on his daughters’ plans for college.
“Anybody who got kids, feel the same way right now. They’re here to protect and serve. Who they protecting? What they serving’? Brutality?”
A spokesman for Orange, Keith Royster, said what city officials saw in the short clips led them to suspending Davis immediately.
“In a word, it was sickening. It was not the best of the Orange Police Department. And the police director pretty much said that today,” Royster said.
An internal affairs investigation, which will determine if Davis is able to keep is job, is pending.