Officer on leave after excessive force video found online

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by Natalie Rivers and Jared Dillingham

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Posted on May 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Updated Thursday, May 5 at 1:20 PM

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating an officer's actions after a video was found on YouTube that showed him using excessive force during an arrest.

The incident occurred in January but was just recently discovered by a police employee who in turn notified a supervisor.

The video shows a Phoenix officer delivering what police refer to as an impact push to a female who is in the process of walking away from an altercation with her mother in a school parking lot.

Police identified the officer as Patrick Larrison, a six-and-a-half-year veteran of the department who is assigned to the Central City Precinct.

Leading up to the incident, police say the 15-year-old girl involved was drinking and passing out alcohol in school. They say she first fought with a teacher and then with her mother before police arrived.

During an afternoon press conference, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump called the video a "great concern" to the department. They say the officer's actions went beyond the boundaries of what is considered "reasonable" use of force.

"Obviously we don't like the video out there, and don't want this to be the image of us within the community," Crump said.

The department has initiated a criminal and internal investigation into the officer's actions. Larrison has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.

The juvenile division of the County Attorney's Office has also been notified.

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