Austin, Tex. (CBS HOUSTON) — A Georgetown police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video kicking, tripping and shoving high school students as they rushed the field to celebrate the soccer team’s first Texas state championship win.
The Georgetown Police Department is investigating the video that parents began emailing the department following Vandegrift High School’s win in the University Interscholastic League Championship game on Saturday, KXAN-TV reports. The department’s move to put Officer George Bermudez on leave stems from video taken from the game broadcast as well as from fans in attendance watching the post-game celebration.
The students were rushing the field following the win, as the uniformed officer can be seen sticking his leg out to trip multiple students as well as shoving people coming onto the field. One student can be seen limping off the field as the officer directs him to keep moving.
In addition, a cellphone video sent to KXAN shows the officer pushing two girls off of the field.
A Georgetown Police Department spokesman issued the following statement to KXAN regarding the pending investigation into the incident: “Georgetown administrators have taken the information and will be forwarding it to internal affairs for review and investigation,” although they did not confirm the identity of the officer.
“After personally watching the videos, the actions of my officer are very concerning to me as well,” Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero, told KXAN.
One student who shot the video said the officer should have recognized the students were simply trying to celebrate the championship win.
“He should’ve used better judgment,” Rohan Gupta said. “We’re high schoolers just trying to have some fun after our team won.”