A resource manager in New Mexico has resigned after claiming to have used excessive force against an 11-year-old girl whom he claims "took more milk than she would" from the cafeteria.
Lapel video from Aug. 27 incident with Farmington police officer Zach Christensen, an 11-year veteran of the department who was released on Monday, appears to show him pushing the crying sixth grader into a wall.
The child then falls to the ground and Christensen can be heard screaming, "Stop resisting" several times.
The officer continues to fight with the girl and does not allow her to stand up while he asks her to put her hands behind her back.
At one point, when Christiansen is standing over the girl, grabbing his arm, a school administrator intervenes and says, "Officer Christiansen, she is not a threat to yourself or others."
Christiansen responds, "No. She is."
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Eventually, the administrator tries to talk to him and says, "Sir, we're not going to use too much force to get this done."
Christiansen then screams, "We're not exaggerated! "
Chiefington Police Department Chief Steve Hebbe condemned Christian's actions and confirmed his removal from the department Monday in a video posted on Facebook saying:" There is no excuse for how this girl was treated. "
Hebbe said Christensen claimed that the child attacked school staff, but added that "this did not prove to be true." The officer was placed on administrative leave after the incident and a review of domestic affairs revealed he said he had committed policy violations, Hebbe said.
Hebbe also told NBC News that his department referred the case to the New Mexico State Police, but that the local district attorney refused to pursue charges. However, the New Mexico attorney can open an investigation, Hebbe said.
On September 24, Christiansen informed the department of its plans to retire from October 1
The confrontation apparently began with an incident in the school cafeteria with milk. "This morning she went straight to the cafeteria," Christiansen can be heard saying in the video. "She took more milk than she would. She threw a milk on the ground. "
When asked how he plans to prevent incidents like this in the future, Hebbe said:" It's tough. We already feel like we have a fairly robust system in place. "But he says the department plans to review its use of strength training.
Mark Carnutt, the girl's attorney, told NBC News that he has filed a notice of damages claim, which in New Mexico is often a precursor to filing a lawsuit.
"If a parent did the same, wouldn't they be charged?" said Carnutt. "Is there another standard for which the police are being considered for committing crimes against other people?"