By Staff –
(Update, April 19) – The Syracuse City School District has decided to remove School Resource Officer Vallon Smith from Nottingham High School, after Smith was accused of using excessive force during the arrest of a 14-year-old student last year.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick previously investigated the matter, and found Smith had committed no wrongdoing in the case.
“After careful consideration, Officer Vallon Smith has been reassigned, and is no longer working as a School Resource Officer in the Syracuse City School District,” SCSD said in a statement. “While the District Attorney has determined that Officer Smith did not use excessive force, we must take into consideration our school community, and the distraction to the learning environment this situation has caused.”
Smith is still a member of the Syracuse Police Department, and the student’s family has recently field a $12 million lawsuit against him, the department, and the city.
(From April 3) – The family of Syracuse City School District student Jabari Boykins has filed a lawsuit against the Syracuse Police Department alleging Officer Vallon Smith used excessive force during the arrest of the 14-year-old at Nottingham High School last year.
During a rally at City Hall recently, the attorneys for the family also announced a second lawsuit the family filed alleging the officer violated the teen’s constitutional rights.
According to Syracuse.com, Boykin suffered a broken arm and bruising during the arrest, and the city’s Civilian Review Board found Smith’s report contained contradictions.
Presently, the board has submitted the case to Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick for review.
Mayor Ben Walsh’s office also released the following statement regarding the rally on April 3:
“Mayor Walsh has reviewed the incident with Chief Fowler and continues discussions with the Chief and Superintendent Alicea regarding school resource officers. Because of active litigation and an ongoing review by the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office, the City is limited in what it can say regarding the matter. The Mayor encourages and welcomes input on school safety and is listening to the concerns being expressed about this incident and about the relationship between students, school staff and school resource officers.”
Click on the image below to view surveillance video of Boykin’s arrest.