OAKLAND -- A second video showing an Oakland High School security guard allegedly attacking a student in a wheelchair last month also appears to show a second security officer involved in the melee.
Security guard Marchell Ernest Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to felony corporal injury charges that he beat up 17-year-old Francisco Martinez during a hallway confrontation around 9 a.m. May 19. Mitchell's alleged actions were captured on surveillance video and released last week.
New video, released by the Oakland Unified School District on Wednesday, shows Mitchell and a second guard exchanging words with Martinez in front of an elevator -- a floor below the hallway seen in the original video. The incident happened just minutes before the scuffle shown on video that was released last week.
The latest video shows a second guard, identified by district officials as Shalandra Cotton, apparently putting her hands on Martinez during an argument, at which point the teen slaps them away.
Mitchell then appears to tip over the wheelchair, dumping Martinez on the ground. After that, Mitchell appears to kick Martinez in the head.
"Once again, it's clear that we have adults acting in an egregious manner," Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said of the new video. "The individual, and by extension, the district, failed in their jobs."
Cotton has been placed on leave by the district pending an investigation, Flint said. The district fired Mitchell immediately after the incident came to their attention, he said.
"It's different because it does not appear that she actually struck the student," Flint said. "But there may be aspects of negligence to it, as far as whether she acted properly or took steps to keep it from happening. We'll go wherever the evidence leads us."
Flint said that in light of the two videos, the district is reviewing how it trains security guards at the school, especially in regard to potentially volatile situations. Flint has said that Martinez and Mitchell had clashed in previous instances, and Martinez has admitted to spitting on Mitchell at one point in the second confrontation.
"No one denies that the job of a guard at a high school is extremely challenging," Flint said. "But there's no excuse for the behavior that we've seen. The guards are trained, and Mr. Mitchell just went through training in April."
Martinez, a junior at the school, remains enrolled there and has been criticized for his part in the incident, Flint said.
"But the school district wants to emphasize that we consider Francisco a victim in all this," he said. "What some students don't understand is that this is not a peer-to-peer issue. ... These are guards, and they are held to a higher standard."
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