CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A Chula Vista police officer captured on video forcefully taking a 16-year-old girl to the ground has been removed from patrol duty and assigned to a desk job, a police captain said Friday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The video was taken Wednesday afternoon at SDG&E Park near Castle Park High School during a tense confrontation between about a dozen Chula Vista police officers and about the same number of high school students.
Police said they went to the park that day because one of the students flashed a gang sign at a passing officer amid increased patrols of suspected gang activity in the area.
The students and their supporters said the teen actually put up two fingers in a “peace” sign — or what they called “throwing up deuces” — a common hand sign for greetings and farewells.
The Chula Vista Police Department on Friday promised a thorough investigation of the incident.