La Mesa Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

The La Mesa Police Department plans a “use of force” review after video emerged over the weekend on social media showing an officer roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground.

The Helix High School student was suspended by administrators and arrested after she refused to leave campus.

School staff called police for assistance at about 1:20 p.m. Friday when the 17-year-old girl would not comply with directions to leave school grounds, La Mesa Chief of Police Walt Vasquez said in a statement.

An officer tried to get the student to leave voluntarily, then ordered her to do so. She refused to cooperate, Vasquez said, and the officer arrested her and placed her in handcuffs.

“As they were walking, the student became non-compliant on two separate occasions and made an attempt to free herself by pulling away from the officer,” Vasquez said. “To prevent the student from escaping, the officer forced the student to the ground.

“After the student agreed to quit resisting and attempting to escape, the officer assisted her up and walked her to his patrol vehicle.”

The student received “minor abrasions” in the incident, Vasquez said.

She was taken to the La Mesa Police Department, where she was evaluated by paramedics and determined not to require treatment, he said.

The officer was not injured.

Police are aware of and in possession of the video of the student being taken to the ground, Vasquez said.

“As is protocol with all incidents involving use of force, the La Mesa Police Department will be conducting a detailed review of the force used and of the entire incident,” he said. “Helix High School officials are also fully aware of the facts surrounding the incident.”

Community members in La Mesa were planning a protest Monday morning outside the high school.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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