A police officer who brandished his firearm to warn a bunch of foul-mouthed insulting kids who were crowding him is now under investigation.
Here’s the video (via The Blaze):
El Paso, Texas, where this occurred is right on the border. I have to say, though, that I wasn’t expecting this level of disrespect being shown the officer when I watched the video.
To be completely honest, I don’t blame the officer for pulling his gun on them and warning them to back up. That one kid in the Michael Jordan t-shirt was getting very close to the officer and since there were so many of these obscene jerks crowding him, the last thing he’d want is for one of them to get his weapon. Make no mistake, he is in a hostile environment.
But once they backed up he quickly re-holstered his firearm.
You should know that the one kid he’s trying to arrest was 17 years old. So he’s not only trying to manage him, but also this rowdy crowd.
Here’s what the El Paso Times had to say about the altercation:
On Tuesday, El Paso Police Department officials released the mugshot of one of the suspects arrested. Julian Saucedo, 17, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a police officer. He remains jailed. His brother, Jacob Saucedo, 15, was arrested on the same charge but was released Sunday, his mother said.
According to El Paso Police Department officials, officers responded to a report of a criminal trespassing incident in progress at an apartment complex at 6719 Sambrano Ave. at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday near the Seville Recreation Center in South-Central El Paso.
An altercation erupted between police officers and a group of people suspected in the trespassing case after they were detained as part of the investigation, according to court documents.
El Paso Police Department officials declined to comment on what happened before the recording started or after the video ended.
Court documents state that police also were responding to a report of criminal mischief involving a large group of about 10 to 12 juveniles involved in the alleged incident, a criminal complaint states.
The incident resulted in the arrest of Julian Saucedo, 17, and Jacob Saucedo, 15, according to their mother, Elizabeth Flores.
They were arrested on suspicion of interfering with a police officer.
According to court documents, the boys refused to follow orders given to them by police officers.
Flores told the El Paso Times on Sunday that the confrontation escalated when a police officer allegedly choked Jacob Saucedo and forced him to the ground.
Who is the officer involved?
Little to no details have been released by city and police officials about the officer who pointed the gun at the group of minors.
Police Department officials have only said that an officer has been placed on desk duty pending an investigation into the incident by the department’s Internal Affairs Division.
Officials said that the officer has been with the department for four years. He is assigned to the Police Department’s Central Regional Command Center.
Court documents identify the main police officer involved in the incident as Jose Rios. However, court documents do not state whether Rios was the officer who pointed the gun at the group.
Another officer named in court documents is only identified as C. Sandoval. Documents state that Sandoval responded to the criminal trespass report with Rios.
You can read more about this at the the El Paso Times.