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Fellow officer says teen takedown was justified

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ARLINGTON, Texas -

The head of the Arlington Police Association said the officer caught on video taking down a teenage girl outside a party earlier this month was justified in what he did.

The comment comes after criticism from community activists.

The video shows a 15-year-old girl forcefully flipped on her back in the middle of a parking lot. She had been among a large group of teens involved in a fight following a late-night party.

The Rev. Kyev Tatum called a press conference at the Arlington Police Department to address concerns from the black community.

"Unfortunately what we saw we didn't like," Tatum said.

"In my own personal opinion, this officer chose an excessive use of violence to restrain this child," added Bridgett Davis, a concerned parent.

But Randle Meadows, president of the Arlington Police Association, said that's not so.

"This was a party at an event center that had gotten out of hand. Officers went in there and used one of the lowest forces available at this point," he said.

Arlington police are examining the video and a second one reportedly taken inside the venue before the fighting occurred outside.

"The first question I asked when I saw the video was, ‘Where are the parents?' And that's part of the dialogue we have to have," Tatum said.

The parents of the teenager have not filed a formal complaint with the department but they have met with an attorney.

Arlington police said the officer is continuing his regular duties while the incident is being investigated.

"It's under review by the Arlington Police Department and we're more than confident it will come out that the officer used appropriate force within this," Meadows said.

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