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Glenn Beck

'Nothing to do with race'

'Nothing to do with race'

It had nothing to do with race.

So said Sheriff Leon Lott, last week, in discussing a violent arrest by one of his officers, a white deputy named Ben Fields, of a black female student at Spring Valley High in Richland County, S.C. Fields, a school resource officer, was called in when the girl reportedly ignored a teacher's instruction to stop using her cellphone and leave the classroom. He ended up overturning her desk and slinging her across the floor like a sandbag or a sack of dog food.

His actions, caught on cellphone video, have detonated social media, many observers expressing visceral fury over this treatment of a black child. But Sheriff Lott, who later fired his...