A video recorded Thursday appears to show a Texas police officer grabbing a high school student by the throat.
The incident happened Oct. 8 at Round Rock High School, about 20 miles from Austin. According to a statement from the Round Rock Police Department, school resource officers were called to the cafeteria to break up a fight between two students. After police arrived, one of the students continued trying to fight, the police said in the statement, and “officers were forced to detain him for his safety and the safety of others.”
However, in the video two officers can be seen talking with a student — identified by local media as 14-year-old Gyasi Hughes. During the conversation Hughes bumps into one of the officers, who holds onto his arm. Seconds later, the officer grabs Hughes’ throat and drags him to the ground. The video was widely shared in the two days following the incident.
Austin-based KVUE identified the officer as Rigo Valles.
Hughes told KXAN he asked the officer “to leave me alone and that’s the point when he grabbed me and took me down and tried to detain me.”
“I was just very upset, I was amped up over the fight and wasn’t really thinking,” Hughes added.
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SOURCE: Buzzfeed News, Jim Dalrymple II