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Officer ‘body slams’ fighting teen

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A chaotic scene outside of an Arlington dance hall ended with a police officer forcefully taking a teenager to the ground. A witness recorded what happened on a cell phone.

Arlington police said they were called to the scene at 1010 Collins to break up a brawl Wednesday night. Five people were arrested.

A witness named Bethany said she arrived to pick up some friends and saw hundreds of young people fighting. She said there were guns and gang signs.

"It was like everyone was hitting somebody and every man for himself. You didn't know who was fighting, who was innocent. It just looked like one big blur," she said.

But what disturbed her was seeing an officer forcefully flip one teenage girl onto her back in the middle of the parking lot.

"I mean, some people were like needing to be taken down, but they took down the wrong people. Like that girl that they body slammed, from what I understand that girl is like in pain," she said.

Police acknowledged the video isn't pretty and that it is under review, but pointed out that they have to perform certain maneuvers sometimes in order to gain control of a situation.

"I would ask people not to rush to judgment, allow the process to occur because if any inappropriate activity or conduct occurred the Arlington Police Department will deal with that," said APD Sgt. Chris Cook.

Police said the girl in the video was charged for fighting in public. She taken into custody and then released to her parents.

The officer in the video reported to work on Thursday as normal.

No excessive force complaints were filed, police said.

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