Warren Durham is the now former school resource officer who was fired by the Vance County Sheriff's office in North Carolina after a 11-year-old boy at Vance County Middle School was caught on video body-slamming. Durham, 52, was shot three days after the school district took the troubling surveillance video to the sheriff's office on Monday, December 16, 2019.
Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said to WNCN-TV, "We went over and when we first saw the video, we were stunned, we were shocked. We all are parents and grandparents that have children at that same age, so it brought some great concern to us."
At a press conference on Tuesday, December 17, Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters announced that Durham was charged with assaulting a child under the age of 12, abuse of children by misdemeanor, and willing failure to fulfill his duties with the sheriff's office. The incident was investigated by the Bureau of Investigation of North Carolina State at the request of Brame.
Warren Durham Age
Warren Durham is 52 years old.
Warren Durham's video shows picking the boy up and throwing him down, then picking him up and tossing him back to the ground before dragging him away
The surveillance video of the December 12 incident involving ex-deputy Warren Durham and an 11-year-old boy from Henderson, North Carolina's Vance County Middle School. The sound-free video clip shows Durham and the boy walking down the school hall. Immediately, with one hand, Durham lunges out and catches the boy around his neck, throwing him into the air and slamming him down on the ground.
Then the video shows Durham standing over him and screaming. In the clip, you can see Durham picking up the boy with two hands and pushing him down into the face of the ground first. Then Durham can be seen pulling the boy out of the camera view by the sweatshirt.
Waters said that under the law of North Carolina, Durham could not be charged with a felony because the boy had no broken bones or other serious body injuries. Waters said this disappoints and frustrates the family. Waters said that "If the child had been more seriously injured, it would be fitting to have felony charges,"
The Grandfather of the Victim Says the 11-Year-Old Boy Was Traumatized by What Happened & Keeps Saying 'I Did Nothing to Deserve This'
John Miles, the grandfather of the 11-year-old boy and a local pastor, told WRAL-TV that his grandson "could have been killed." "I don’t care what happened. My grandson should never have been attacked by a grown man that we trust in law enforcement. As a pastor, I have to forgive him. I have no choice. But I still want justice done. As a grandfather, I’m just hurt right now."
Warren Durham is Fired After Incidents of Violence Against Student
Three days after the school district took the troubling surveillance video to the sheriff's office, Durham was shot on Monday 16 December 2019.
On Tuesday, December 17, at a press conference, Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters revealed that Durham was charged with assaulting a child under the age of 12, abuse of children and willful failure to perform his duties with the sheriff's office.