A Texas deputy is on administrative duty and under investigation Wednesday after video footage captured him punching and cursing at a teenager last week.
A high school sophomore from Harris County in Southeast Texas was riding his all-terrain vehicle with two friends before stopping for gas on March 26, ABC13 reported. Video obtained by the station shows the deputy approaching the group and asking for the teen’s driver’s licenses.
“He just looked at my ID for like two seconds and said to put my hands behind my back,” the sophomore, who was identified solely by his first name, Carlos, told ABC13 on Wednesday. “That’s when I panicked a little and pulled away from him and he grabbed me.”
“Don’t run from me boy,” says the deputy, grabbing Carlos and screaming at him to turn around and put his hands behind his back, according to the video. The deputy then punches the teenager in the face and forces him to the ground.
“We are aware of an incident in which one of our deputies used physical force and unprofessional language against a suspect at a convenience store on Friday,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter. “The incident is under internal investigation and the deputy is being placed on administrative duty.”
The department told ABC13 that the teen has been charged with evading arrest. After being arrested, he was taken to a location, fingerprinted and released to his parents.
“I just don’t think I should be treated in that manner for riding on the street,” Carlos told ABC13. Though ATVs are not legal in the neighborhood, he said he’s never been in trouble before, and didn’t think that getting gas would lead to getting punched by police and arrested.
“A lot of 16-year-olds got ATVs … (they) want to have fun with their friends,” he said.
This is not the first incident involving police this year.
In Houston, a 1-year-old boy was shot in the head by police earlier in March while they were pursuing a suspect in two armed robberies.