A 6½-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department is the subject of a criminal and internal investigation after a video surfaced on YouTube that shows him roughly shoving a girl during a police call, authorities said.
The officer, Patrick Larrison, has been put on administrative leave pending the investigations, Phoenix police officials said in a press release.
Sgt. Trent Crump, a department spokesman, said the incident occurred in January but that it did not come to police attention until Tuesday night when a department employee spotted the video on the Internet and notified a police supervisor.
The incident purportedly involved the girl in an altercation with a woman in a parking lot. The woman, apparently a parent, and the girl are seen on the ground for some time; the girl managed to get free and was walking away when an officer responding to the scene approaches her from behind and knocks her off her feet.
She's seen lying on the ground motionless for a short while; the officer then handcuffs her and walks her back toward a police vehicle.
The incident reportedly occurred near Ombudsman Charter School near 40th Street and Thomas Road.
"The video at face value is of great concern to the Department and we are taking the matter very seriously," Crump wrote in the press release.
Authorities said that in addition to the criminal and internal probes, Larrison was immediately placed on administrative leave and the juvenile division of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office was notified.