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Texas police officer trips, pushes students after soccer championship

Texas Police Officer Trips, Pushes Students After Soccer Championship

It was supposed to be crowd control, but according to students and the Georgetown police department in Austin, Texas, the actions of one officer at a recent soccer championship were just uncalled for.


"A Texas police officer has been put on leave after he was caught on video tripping students as they run onto the field after a soccer game. He is later seen shoving students away from the sidelines."

KVUE says the Vandegrift High School girl's soccer team had just claimed the 4A title. Of course, fans were excited. It was the first time any soccer program in Austin had won the state championship.

But it appears school resource officer George Bermudez wasn't in the mood to celebrate.

In this video, Bermudez appears to be trying to stop the student body from running on the field. Police say he tripped one student, tried to trip another and grabbed another to get them to leave the field.

One student told KXAN school administrators had discouraged students from running onto the field.

But she says it's no different than what they've done in the past at other school sports. Either way, there were better options for controlling the fans.

"I think what would've been the appropriate response would've been to like shoo kids off. I didn't think the force was necessary."

Neither did Georgetown police. They've placed Bermudez on paid leave.

Interestingly, the Austin American-Statesman reports Bermudez was named an outstanding police officer last year. He's been working for the department since 2005 and has no history of reprimands.

Georgetown police say Bermudez's actions are uncharacteristic. The incident is currently under investigation.

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breid2 April 23 2014 at 7:59 AM

and what if a child was tripped or pushed and an injury occured....is it really a big enough deal to cause ANY harm ? people flood all types of athletic fields-from basketball to football. let the spectators celebrate..... life is too short.

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groanup49 breid2 April 23 2014 at 8:08 AM

You might have missed in the photo the man in the red shorts was limping when he was able to get up. so yeah the cop did hurt at least one person

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Joy April 23 2014 at 3:42 AM

I lived in Austin for 13 years back in the 90's. I watched the Austin and surrounding police forces grow more and more aggressive over he years.
And the police chiefs ALWAYS defend their officers actions.

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gramos555 April 23 2014 at 3:21 AM

Looks like at least three cases of felony assault & battery, just on the video shown here.

A few civil cases, as well....

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Damansonfire April 23 2014 at 2:46 AM

What was he thinking?

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gramos555 Damansonfire April 23 2014 at 3:22 AM

"I'm in charge! You will obey me!"

Typical mall cop mentality.

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brennemanbelkin April 23 2014 at 12:55 AM

"He's been working for the department since 2005 and has no history of reprimands."

Was he drunk or has he just been getting away with it for nine years?
Ideally, the resource officer should be the most mature person in the school.
Sadly, that wasn't the case here.

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EVs Vacation Rentals April 22 2014 at 11:11 PM

gotta love it.. paid leave.. wishin i can do something wrong at my job and get paid to go home.. guess he will learn from his mistake.. laugin, I dont think so!! NOW if it ws not paid, he will learn a bit more.

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mwolfe3508 April 22 2014 at 11:09 PM

"Under investigation"? How about arresting him and charging him with Assault and Battery, that's what he did.

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manfromlngisland April 22 2014 at 11:08 PM

What an *******.

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mnwishbone April 22 2014 at 11:05 PM

Just showing what a bully he really is. I bet if you checked with all the people he has written tickets for or arrested you would find a common thread with them. Overbearing and condescending I bet.

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Dales Best April 22 2014 at 11:00 PM

I wish they would pay me to leave, I would leave everyday.

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