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VIDEO: Houston Officer Under Investigation For Taking Pictures Of Concertgoer

The Houston Police Department has opened an internal investigation into the alleged actions of an officer.

Houston, TX – A Houston police officer has become the subject of an internal investigation, after video of him allegedly snapping a photo of a woman’s backside during a Drake concert surfaced on social media.

The incident took place at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night, the Star-Telegram reported.

A woman, identified only as “Jessica,” was standing above the uniformed Houston police officer when she spotted him taking a photo of an unsuspecting woman in front of him, KTRK reported.

“He was really oblivious to the fact that there were people above him that could actually see his phone and see what he was doing,” she told the news outlet. “At the time I was like laughing, I was like, ‘Wow, this is like, this is crazy. I can’t believe I am actually seeing what I am seeing.'”

Jessica recorded a short video of the officer’s actions with her cell phone, and the video was later uploaded on Twitter.

“Bruh 5 oh just took a pic of some -ss,” the video caption read.

A short while later, a second video was uploaded that showed the officer looking at an image on his phone.

“But wait….he sent it to his homie cops,” the second caption said.

The initial video quickly went viral, and had been retweeted over 27,000 times as of Thursday evening.

“We are aware of a video that shows actions of one of our officers at a concert last evening,” the Houston Police Department said in a Tweet on Wednesday. “Although HPD has not received a formal complaint, we have launched an internal investigation.”

The department later noted that the “actions depicted on the video are not consistent with the expectations we have of our personnel,” and that corrective action would be taken if deemed appropriate by the findings of the investigation.

Jessica said she later caught up with the woman and told her what had occurred.

“She laughed and asked me to text her videos so if it make y’all feel any better, she doesn’t feel violated,” the woman who posted the video wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Regardless as to how the woman reacted, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he expected his officers to act professionally.

“We get paid to be at these events to make sure that things are safe, no threats and keep the peace,” Chief Acevedo told KPRC. “Obviously that is not the conduct we are looking for and whether he is being paid by the tax payer or the venue that is not what he is there for.”

“There will be an internal investigation and we will see what he has to about what he was doing and why he was doing it,” the chief added. “We want our officers alert. We want them focusing on the mission and we want them focusing on safety.”

You can watch cell phone footage of the incident in the video below:

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