Police: Officers getting threats after video shows them arresting man outside high school

(MGN Online)

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WSET) -- Rocky Mount Town Police said it's investigating an incident at Franklin County High School after an individual was filming school facilities, students, staff, and security Thursday, January 11, morning.

Video of a man being arrested has led to threats and slurs against the town and police officers.

Police said two high school resource officers, a Rocky Mount Police officer and a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy, responded to a complaint from the school that the man had trespassed and was filming throughout the area.

Police said he was filming around 8 a.m. when students were arriving for classes.

They said officers approached him to investigate and the RMPD school resource officer asked him to identify himself, which he would not do.

The officer then arrested him for obstruction of justice.

A magistrate issued warrants for obstruction of justice and tresspassing, setting bond at $1,500, which the suspect, identified as Roger Alan Morris, 55, of Troutville, paid and was released.

Morris posted the video to social media which is what led to the threats, police said.

“The officer displayed professional and reasonable conduct, working to ensure the individual was not a threat to school children, personnel or facilities,” said Rocky Mount Police Department Chief K.E. Criner. “The Police Department will continue to ensure that school students and faculty can safely go about their daily lives. We want parents to be assured that the educational environment will continue to be as safe as we can make it."

The Town said it will have no further comment on this matter until the criminal charges are resolved.

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