Mother Claims Abilene Officer Used Excessive Force on Her 12-year-old at School

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(KTAB)  ABILENE – An Abilene mother is concerned after learning that a school resource officer allegedly used brute force on her 12-year-old son.

The 12-year-old attends school at the Jefferson Center, a campus that is equipped to handle students who have had disciplinary problems.

According to the mother and a witness at the school, the 12-year-old was stopped by an officer in the hallway and pushed down on the ground into a choke hold.

The child now has bruises around his neck and wrists. According to the child’s mother, the doctor told her deadly force was used on her child.

“I don’t want to feel like I’m throwing my child to the wolves because he’s misunderstood. He’s a good kid… he’s smart,” says mother Lindsay Hallmark.

Hallmark says her child did not do anything wrong to deserve this and she will be pressing charges. One witness captured cell phone video of the encounter and claims the student was not physical with the officer.

Police Chief Stan Standridge, however, says early information indicates the student did behave belligerently. Standridge released the following statement regarding the incident:

“A School Resource Officer (SRO) contacted an AISD student on campus yesterday. Early information indicates the student was verbally and physically belligerent and a struggle ensued. There were witnesses to this incident. The mother of the child has filed a complaint with the Department. In addition to this complaint being investigated, the Department will determine what criminal charges may be filed against the student. We will know more in the days to come, but what we release will be limited since this investigation involves a juvenile.”

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