Warren Durham Bio – Wiki
Warren Durham is a North Carolina school resource officer seen on video slamming a middle school student twice on the ground has been fired from the sheriff’s department and charged with assault, officials said.
Update: Warren Durham has been arrested & charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor child abuse & willful failure to discharge duties related to his employment with the sheriff’s office.
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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 a 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
Durham is 52 years old.
Warren Durham Caught in Surveillance Video
The surveillance video of the 12 December incident involving ex-deputy Warren Durham and an 11-year-old boy at Vance County Middle School in Henderson, North Carolina. The video clip, which does not have sound, shows Durham and the boy walking down the hall of the school. Suddenly, Durham lunges out with one arm and grabs the boy around his chest, lifting him up into the air and slamming him down onto the ground.
Then in the video, Durham stands with him and shows a scream. In the video, Durham is seen lifting the boy with two hands and then driving him down first to the face of the earth. Durham can then be seen dragging the boy through a sweatshirt outside the camera.
The district attorney and the sheriff did not say what caused the incident in the video, but both said it would not matter because there would be no reason for the Durham to work that way.
Warren Durham Charges
Waters says Warren Durham has been charged with assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor child abuse, and willful failure to discharge his duties as a deputy sheriff.
Warren Durham Victim
The victim is 11-year-old student who thankfully was not seriously injured so they can only charge the former deputy with misdemeanors.
Victim’s Family Statment
John Miles, the 11-year-old boy’s grandfather, and a local pastor told WRAL-TV that his grandson “could have been killed.” He told the news station, “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.”
Miles told WTVD-TV his grandson is “traumatized” by what happened.
“He’s just said to me for the last three days, ‘Granddaddy, I did nothing to deserve this. I didn’t do anything to deserve this kind of treatment,’” Miles told the news station.
Durham is Fired After Incidents of Violence Against Student
Durham also lost his job after footage surfaced of him picking the 11-year-old up into the air and throwing the student face-first onto the floor at Vance County Middle School, about 45 miles north of downtown Raleigh.
On Tuesday, 17 December, Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters announced at a press conference that Durham was being charged with assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor child abuse and willful failure to fulfill his duties with the sheriff’s office. The incident was investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at Brame’s request.