MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy is off the job after a recent incident at Craigmont High School.
The sheriff’s office said Joesph Woodfork resigned this month following an internal administrative investigation into his behavior on the job.
A Memphis family said the Deputy Woodfork, pushed a 17-year-old girl from behind to get her off campus, according to the police report.
The student’s mother believes that was assault and filed a complaint with sheriff’s office, but now she believes this deputy’s resignation isn’t a fair punishment.
Beatrice Settles Banks said her daughter’s senior year is now tainted by a traumatic experience with a school resource officer that happened last September.
“You can do your job without violating someone else’s rights and that’s what he did, he violated my daughter’s rights when he put his hands on her,” Banks said.
Banks said her daughter was written up for using profanity and asked to leave school.
“I was aware he had a body camera on so I believed if I went to his boss and requested that the body camera footage be reviewed that I think they would have seen the same things that I saw,” Banks said.
Banks filed a complaint about Deputy Woodfork with the sheriff’s office last fall for assault and excessive force.
FOX13 obtained a copy of Deputy Woodforks’ disciplinary history.
According to those documents, he was suspended for three days last February after an internal investigation into allegations of personal conduct and adherence to law.
The report showed internal affairs sustained six allegations against Woodfork for his behavior during the September incident, including unsatisfactory performance, personal conduct and truthfulness.
The sheriff’s office said Woodfork resigned in January before administrative charges were filed against him.
Banks doesn’t think that’s a fair punishment.
“Why are you allowed to work in the schools? Why are you given a choice to resign? Why were your not fired? Why did the sheriff not come and apologize for what happened to me and my daughter? Why was there no action?”
FOX13 reached out former Deputy Woodfork Thursday for a comment, but he didn’t answer our call and he hasn’t returned our message.
The Sheriff’s Office said an employee under review from internal affairs is entitled to a hearing. In this case, Woodfork resigned before that could even happen.
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