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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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INFRWKSNJ April 23 2014 at 8:15 AM

If I were his superior he'd be out of a job and maybe arrested for assault.

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Dan INFRWKSNJ April 23 2014 at 8:32 AM

B-b-b-but his superior is a Texas redneck (is that a redundancy?) who probably wants to pin a medal on the ba$$tid! ☺

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njenel April 23 2014 at 8:46 AM

PAID LEAVE, who's the idiot ??

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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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Michael Corn April 22 2014 at 10:55 PM

Over reaction to school admin instrctions. I wonder if he had been drinking or on drugs, on the job?

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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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