Harris County, TX – A Harris County sheriff’s deputy has been placed on desk duty while a viral video of him punching a teenager who was on an illegal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at a gas station is investigated (video below).
The incident occurred on March 26 when teenagers riding ATVs stopped at a Shell gas station to fill up their vehicles, USA Today reported.
The high school sophomore – known only as “Carlos” in media reports – had a GoPro camera mounted on his ATV that captured his exchange with deputy.
The video showed that a moment after Carlos and his friends pulled into the gas station, the deputy came out of the convenience store attached to it carrying a beverage and headed directly for the teens.
The deputy put his drink down on the ATV and asked to see the driver’s license in a manner that implied he recognized the boys, the video showed.
The video showed that Carlos got off his vehicle and pulled his driver’s license out of his wallet to give it to the deputy.
The deputy told the teen to step around the ATV towards him.
The video showed the deputy began to take Carlos into custody but the teen stepped quickly away from him.
“He just looked at my ID for like two seconds and said to put my hands behind my back,” Carlos told KTVT. “That’s when I panicked a little and pulled away from him and he grabbed me.”
The deputy reached out and grabbed the teen by his shirt and held onto him, the video showed.
“Don’t run from me boy, I will beat you’re a– right here,” the deputy told the teen in the video.
“Turn around and put your hands behind your back before I beat the s–t out of you,” the deputy continued.
The video showed the teen continued to struggle.
“Don’t be f—king stupid!” the deputy told him.
Carlos continued pulling away and the deputy grabbed him by the back of his jacket, the video showed.
While the teen continued to try and get away, he was holding his hands behind his back as if he was prepared to be handcuffed.
Carlos continued to struggle and put his hands in front of himself and that was when the video showed the deputy punched the teen in the head, knocking him on the ground.
The deputy jumped on top of the teen in the video and punched him at least two more times during the scuffle, the video showed.
He ordered the teen to roll over onto his stomach and then climbed on top to handcuff him.
“All I was gonna do was talk to you,” the deputy told Carlos as he held him down.
The teen appeared to comply as the deputy placed handcuffs on him, the video showed.
He was arrested and charged with evading arrest, KTVT reported.
The teen said he was fingerprinted and released into the custody of his parents.
Carlos admitted that he and his friends are aware their ATVS are illegal on roadways.
He told KTVT they may have run from that particular Harris County sheriff’s deputy in the past but said he didn’t remember having met him.
“I just don’t think I should be treated in that manner for riding on the street,” Carlos said. “A lot of 16-year-olds got ATVs… [they] want to have fun with their friends.”
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office placed the deputy on desk duty while the Internal Affairs Unit investigated the incident shown on the video, USA Today reported.
“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. “The incident is under internal investigation and the deputy is being placed on administrative duty.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: