Video: School resource officer fired after allegedly hitting student, putting teen in chokehold

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky school resource officer is now out of a job after surveillance video allegedly showed him putting a student in a chokehold.

On Jan. 27, authorities say a 13-year-old student at Olmstead Academy North pushed Jonathan Hardin to the ground.

They say surveillance cameras showed Hardin following the teen and putting him in a chokehold until he passed out.

According to court records, Hardin then placed the student in handcuffs and charged him with menacing and resisting arrest.

In a letter to Hardin, Chief Steve Conrad said Hardin violated standard operating procedure when he used physical force and “did not give any verbal commands or directions prior to his actions.

“There is no way to justify the use of this prohibited technique, which jeopardized the life of the teen,” Conrad wrote.

In the letter, Conrad also referenced another incident five days earlier on Jan. 22, in which he says Hardin hit another 13-year-old student in the face after the teen failed to respond to Hardin’s commands.

“You used more force than was reasonable for this situation. The tactics used were not consistent with our training, nor appropriate,” Conrad said.

Hardin was arrested on charges of assault, official misconduct, false swearing and wanton endangerment.

On March 20, he was fired from the LMPD .

“Your actions have brought discredit upon the department and yourself. Clearly you have damaged the department’s reputation due to your conduct in front of many school aged children,” said Conrad.

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