NAACP demands charges be dropped against students in Lincoln HS brawl

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SAN DIEGO -- The NAACP is demanding charges be dropped against students that were involved in a fight at Lincoln High School two weeks ago.

“We call for no more punitive actions to be taken against these students until that video is released," said Dr. Andrew Branch, president of the San Diego Chapter of the NAACP.

The school recorded surveillance video when the fight broke out in the schools parking on Feb. 26.

What started as play fighting quickly escalated. According to witnesses, a 16-year-old student was injured and a campus police officer tried to help him, but then they ended up in scuffle. That’s when another student attacked the officer from behind. He suffered a serious head injury.

The NAACP is also calling on the district to stop employing armed officers altogether, saying they are intimidating and send the message that students are dangerous.

The civil rights group is making the demands claiming the school district broke its own laws when it handed the case over to the San Diego Police Department before conducting its own investigation.

“That ‘memorandum of understanding’ lays out in clear language the types of events and crimes that should be turned over to the San Diego Police Department. This event is not in the category of any of those crimes.”

The D.A. issued a statement that reads in part:

“based on the facts and the evidence in these cases, including the assault of a police officer and the severity of his injuries, the appropriate criminal charges have been filed.”

The San Diego Unified School District issued a statement that reads in part:

“We will continue to support the school, our staff and students as they continue the healing process. We are also grateful for all of our community partners... we look forward to the NAACP joining us in the future to complete this important work."