VIDEO: Outrage After Cop Tackles Teen Who Threw Water Bottle At Cop

A 14-year-old girl has been charged for assaulting a Chula Vista police officer.

Chula Vista, CA – A viral cell phone video that showed a 14-year-old girl being tackled by a Chula Vista police officer has sparked an internal investigation into the officer’s use of force during the altercation.

The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday at a community park near Castle Park High School, an area where the Chula Vista Police Department had recently increased patrols due to a rise in gang activity, KNSD reported.

An officer patrolling the area spotted a teen flashing a gang sign, and stopped to make contact with him, according to KGTV.

The officer also requested backup.

The circumstances of the exchange between the teens and police prior to the altercation were unclear, and were not captured in the video footage.

“Immediately precipitating the officer’s use of force on the 14-year-old, that 14-year-old threw an empty plastic bottle directly into the chest of a female sergeant,” Chula Vista Police Captain Vern Sallee told KGTV. “It was a very tense and fluid situation. We understand the public’s concern, and we don’t take this lightly.”

Surrounded by the crowd of juveniles, a male officer held his baton horizontally in front of his chest, as he plowed into the 14-year-old girl, knocking her to the ground, the video showed.

The officers appeared to be placing the teen into handcuffs when the video ended.

"We have one snippet of video that has been seen on Facebook that has a very limited viewpoint of what occurred," Capt. Sallee explained, according to KNSD. "It doesn't even really show the assault on the police sergeant... I can say nothing that we've seen so far would warrant changing the status of the officer's duty status."

Four teens, including the 14-year-old girl, were arrested on charges including battery and assault on a police officer, and failure to obey a police officer, KGTV reported. The juveniles have already been released to their parents and guardians.

Several students told KNSD that the park is a popular hangout spot after school, and claimed that they were just flashing peace signs.

Logan Moreno, 17, claimed that the entire incident began after he asked a passing officer if he wanted to play football.

“When they were passing I said, 'Do you want to catch?’ to the cop and then we threw the peace sign up and they left and later came back saying we were throwing up gang signs at them,” the 17-year-old Palomar High School student claimed.

The 14-year-old girl’s friends told the news outlet that she wasn’t a threat to the officers.

“She did not threaten him,” Ernesto Velazquez told KNSD. “He was over 30 years old, over 200 pounds and to drop a little girl that is 14. It’s not right."

They did not address why she threw the bottle at the officer.

The internal investigation will determine whether the officer’s use of force was justified, KGTV reported.

“The Chula Vista Police Department holds our officers to the highest levels of standards, and we will investigate this thoroughly and hold any officer found to have violated policy or law…they will be held accountable,” Capt. Sallee said.

You can see the edited clip of the incident below:

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LEO0301
LEO0301

Oh, please...what do you think would happen?

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

That should teach those little punk ass kids a lesson...one their parents should have already taught them...but then again...what do you expect nowadays...it certainly isn't proper child rearing

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Just because you're a girl, just because you are a "juvenile", you throw something at ANYONE, that's considered an assault. Do that to a cop and you will be arrested. Too bad little one, your parents need to discipline you and not make excuses for you. Now, asking them to play football and flashing peace signs.........Yeah, I believe that one.

angeleyes
angeleyes

I'm sure they just asked the officer if he wanted to play football, (sarcasm) but the water bottle was empty, could have been handled a little differently. Now, more than ever, the pressure on the LEOs is higher than ever and they need to try to not let their frustration and maybe fear overwhelm their choices. I'm sure they didn't know how old the girl was, but disrespect of the officer by throwing anything is wrong, but sometimes you have to choose the higher road.

Pirate life
Pirate life

14 to 16 year old kids in America have listened to rap music their entire life. The glorification of the "gansta" life, the disrespect for authority and disrespect for women has resulted in a generation without a moral compass.

Some people learn to respect authority and the rule of law the hard way. I wonder what her parents think about her throwing things at the police?