WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A disturbing video of a police officer pointing a gun at a group of children is going viral on the internet.
- The incident happened Thursday at El Paso, Texas, with the video also showing the officer pushing one of the boys against a wall.
- On Saturday, the El Paso Police Department announced that the incident is under an internal investigation and the unnamed officer who pulled the gun has been relegated to desk duty.
An unnamed police officer was caught on video last Thursday dealing violently with a group of minors in El Paso, Texas as a response to a call made for criminal trespassing near a recreation center. The unsettling footage shows the cop drawing his gun, pointing it at the boys and roughly arresting one of them.
The video has been making rounds on Facebook since Friday. The police officer was caught on camera shoving one of the boys against a wall with his knee while the other children appear to be shouting at him. The officer then pulled out his gun, pointed it at some of the boys before quickly pocketing it again.
The police officer also gets into an argument with a woman and the person who was recording the incident. Police say that one adult and one minor have been arrested that day.
On Saturday, the day after the video was uploaded, the El Paso Police Department started investigating internally to look into the actions of the officer who took out the gun to see whether he violated any police procedures. The officer has since been relegated to desk duty. He has been on the El Paso police force for four years, according to KVIA. Sgt. Enrique Carrillo.
An El Paso Police Department spokesman said, “This is a serious matter that will be thoroughly investigated…All the facts, circumstances and events that led to the incident will be looked into. As such, no further comment will be made at this point.”
A press conference last Saturday was held by Assistant City Manager Dionne Mack, who called the police officer’s behavior “disheartening.”
“For me that it was most disheartening is to sort of see the children labelled and just sort of see them sort of discarded,” Mack said. “I mean this is one incident you know these are our children this is our community, and I am not giving up on those children, and although we had this incident I am very proud to be a part of this community that I know values our children.”
Mack emphasizes that no conclusions will be drawn and the involved police officers will not be condemned until the investigation is done.
Source: ABC News