Area Officer Who Tripped Students After Soccer Game Suspended

GEORGETOWN (June 5, 2014) A Georgetown police officer who was caught on video tripping and pushing students as they rushed the field after a state soccer championship game has been suspended 40 days without pay, the Georgetown Police Department said.

Officer George Bermudez has five days to accept the penalty or face indefinite suspension over the April 19 incident.

Police Chief Wayne Nero says the officer's actions were excessive and unwarranted.

Students jumped from the stands and rushed the field after the Vandegrift High School girls team won a state championship by beating Wylie East High School.

Bermudez was put on paid administrative leave after cellphone and other video showed him tripping a boy, grabbing another student and pushing two girls.