A Texas police officer caught on video tripping and pushing high school kids who rushed the field after a state soccer championship game on Saturday has been put on paid administrative leave.
Cell phone videos were posted on YouTube showing the actions of Georgetown Police Officer George Bermudez following Vandegrift High School’s win.
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“After personally watching the videos, the actions of my officer are very concerning to me as well,” Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero said, KXAN-TV reported
Bermudez, who has been with the Georgetown Police Department since 2005, was named as an outstanding police officer for the department last year, according to the American-Statesman
. He is a school resource officer at Georgetown High School.
School Board President Pam Waggoner said parents were upset by the incident, and one student was seen limping off the field after being tripped, the newspaper reported.
“I’m sure he was just trying to keep the players safe; it was just his method in which he chose to do it that’s questionable,” Waggoner told the American-Statesman.
Gray Goolsby, a student who rushed the field, told KVUE-TV that the officer pulled him off
of a dog pile and told him to get back to the stands.
"I hope he doesn't lose his job over this because we were just trying to have fun, and he's just trying to do his job, and hopefully everything works out," Goolsby told the station.
Student Rohan Gupta posted a video to YouTube showing the officer tripping a student.
"We're just kids running on to a field to celebrate our team and it was kind of too much. It was kind of a cheap shot going for his legs," Gupta said, according to KVUE-TV.
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