Cop Under Investigation for Tripping High School Students Who Stormed Field

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

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Police officers want to keep order, but sometimes they use bad judgment while trying to do their jobs.

That was the case for Georgetown police officer George Bermudez after the Vandegrift High School (Austin, Texas) girls' soccer team won the University Interscholastic League championship over the weekend.

At the conclusion of the match, students stormed the field. That's a pretty normal celebration for high school and college students after their school comes away with a big victory.

However, Bermudez was having none of it. Here's another look at the cop using force to keep students from running onto the field, along with an interview with the student who shot the video above:

According to KXAN's Lindsay Bramson, the Georgetown Police Department has placed Bermudez on paid administrative leave while it investigates the situation.

The video evidence does not bode well for the officer. The footage shows a uniformed officer attempting to trip several students and even shoving some away. One of the students who was tripped walked away limping.

Accidental injuries are always a possibility when fans storm the field, but this may be the first time that an officer has single-handedly tried to prevent an entire student body from joining in on the fun.

[YouTube, KXAN]