Today, most of America is outraged by the video of a South Carolina school police officer body slamming a teen girl and dragging her out of her seat at Spring Valley High School, but Don Lemon isn’t convinced the officer was wrong.

“I’d like to know more before passing judgement,” Lemon said on CNN.

“We don’t know what happened. You weren’t sitting in the room, Sunny. You don’t know if she wasn’t standing up. You do need to know more, and as a prosecutor, you should want to know more,” Lemon added.

Former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin wasn’t trying to hear Lemon’s plea to give the officer (who allegedly has a history of getting violent with students) the benefit of the doubt.

“The law provides that the standard here is whether or not the officer has to use this type of force. Whether it’s reasonable and necessary to somehow secure discipline in the school,” Hostin said. ‘The bottom line is, Don, this is a young girl. This is a girl in school. There is no justification for using that kind [of force]. Whether or not that force is justifiable is the issue, and the force is not justifiable. She is sitting there, she is not resisting, she is sitting there in a chair. That is unreasonable force, that is excessive force, and it’s assault.”

Although Lemon admitted the disturbing incident “does look horrible,” he reiterated “we don’t know” what happened before it was captured on video.

Right, Don, because slamming a girl to the ground and tossing her around like a rag doll is totally how you react when she won’t put her phone away in math class.

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  • Rizzo

    lemon is not the only one having doubts about this incident — danny cevallos, cnn, slowed the video down and explained what he saw — the young lady actually punched (or tried to punch) the sro when the sro had his arm around her neck. there was also some concern that she may have kicked (or tried to kick) the sro when the young lady’s leg got caught in her chair when the sro was pulled out of the chair and tossed on the floor like a rag doll. in other words — this young lady assaulted this poor white man and caused him to fear for his life.

    • Noirluv45

      They always have to find an excuse to justify their evil. If she did hit him, it’s because he had his arm around her neck while throwing her down, the stupid idiots.

  • Shabaka Malawi, I

    When police present videos…they’re taken face value and accepted…there’s no, “well I need to know what else happened before the video started rolling…” nonsense from the media. But when someone records something from a cell phone…it gets heavily scrutinized and branded as amateur video that doesn’t tell the whole story. You can’t have it both ways.

  • Michelle Viel

    no matter what that girl did, she was a minor. What that officer did was horrible, slamming her on her head and dragging her like that? She was not a criminal, I mean come on, a man killed 9 people and got taken to burger king, and you wanna drag a child? if she was doing something wrong, you take her by the arm and walk her out of the classroom. you don’t treat her like she is less than human.

  • Forget Don behavior, racism is alive those impartial what ever if White pupil you know results placid response. Obama, you say “Stop Crying” do the same no more denying discrimination superior attitudes of some not dumb. Law suit doesn’t matter he was fired seek settlement to prevent this bigotry matters. South Carolina along gangs whom killed Odella Williams (1941-2014) Hip Hop” bought shame to Blacks!