DA to release findings on allegations of chokehold used on Swansboro High student today

SWANSBORO, N.C. (WITN) – A decision is expected Tuesday following an investigation into whether a school resource officer used inappropriate force against a student.

Jazaria Nixon said the deputy sheriff put her in a chokehold and that despite pleas that she was cooperating with him, he would not get off of her even as she was having trouble breathing.

The 15-year-old Swansboro High School student was being detained after admitting that she punched another student. Nixon said that student had been using racial slurs against her the day before.

Nixon was not charged, but given a school suspension.

District Attorney Ernie Lee asked for all videos, reports, and statements from the sheriff’s office on what happened. Lee said he will release the results of his findings Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

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