Police on Friday released more than an hour of body-camera footage from the arrest of a 14-year-old at Hanes Magnet Middle School on Oct. 5. These videos include the first 6 minutes.
Body-camera footage released Friday morning offers more detail about the controversial arrest of a 14-year-old girl by a school-resource officer.
A clip of the video was shown at a news conference at the Winston-Salem Police Department, and the entire 65-minute video was released soon after, pursuant to a court order signed by Judge Anderson Cromer of Forsyth Superior Court. The Winston-Salem Journal and three TV stations had filed a petition seeking release of the officer’s body-camera footage.
The Winston-Salem Urban League and the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity had both called for Officer Tyler McCormick’s removal as school-resource officer at Hanes Magnet Middle School after a bystander posted video of the arrest of 14-year-old Rockell Baldwin on Facebook. The video went viral . The Ministers Conference has said race was involved because the officer is and the student is black. The Ministers Conference, as recently as Thursday, had called for McCormick to be fired.
The incident happened on Oct. 5 in the parking lot of Hanes Magnet. McCormick had been on administrative duty since the incident but it was announced Friday that McCormick had been cleared in the incident.