The student involved in the incident is 16-year-old Mikaila Robinson, a student at Lancaster High School, and an L.A. County Sheriff’s school resource deputy. Robinson’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, explained to reporters what initiated contact between the girl and the deputy.
“What we have heard from the sheriff’s department is that my client was a threat,” said Bloom. “What was the threat, we haven’t been told specifically. She said all she did was walk up to the school resource officer and say, ‘Why are you looking at me like that? Is something wrong?’ We are told that she was walking away, and he wanted to talk to her, and she continued walking away. That is not a justification to take down a child.”
A statement from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said in part: “During the incident, a school resource deputy is depicted attempting to detain a juvenile student in relation to a criminal complaint. The juvenile physically resisted the detention, and the school resource deputy used force to effect the detention and take the juvenile into custody.”