The Irving Police Department is investigating the actions of officers who tried breaking up a fight at Nimitz High School on Wednesday after video emerged showing one officer slamming a teen against a cart and pushing him during the brawl.
The fight, which took place in the school’s cafeteria, involved several Nimitz students. Video posted on social media shows about a half-dozen students fighting in the lunch line.
One of the students attempts to punch another before he is grabbed by the shirt by an Irving police officer. The officer throws the student against a cart, causing his body to bend and the back of his head to hit the cart before he falls to the ground.
The officer pushes three more students, then pushes the first student back to the ground as he tries to stand up. When the first student regains his footing, the officer walks toward him and pushes him with one hand, causing him to fall to the ground again, the video shows.
Reaction on social media was swift: “This needs to be addressed QUICK, Before that cop thinks it’s okay to treat our children this way,” one commenter said.
In a statement on Thursday, Irving police confirmed officers “used force to separate the parties involved in the fight.”
“The Irving Police Department reviews every use of force to ensure policies and procedures are appropriately applied,” the statement said. “We have seen video clips from this fight shared on social media and an internal investigation has begun.”
Authorities said one officer will be reassigned while the department reviews the incident. The department did not identify the officer.
Irving police asked anyone who witnessed the incident to call the department’s Professional Standards Division at 972-721-3510.