Video shows officer slam teen into wall

May 5, 2011 1:34:48 PM PDT
A Phoenix police officer has been placed on leave while his department investigates a YouTube video of him slamming an unarmed 15-year-old girl into a wall while on duty and her slumping to the ground. A department spokesman said Thursday that Patrick Larrison, a six-and-a-half-year veteran of the force, was immediately placed on paid leave after another police employee found the video online and notified a supervisor.

Sgt. Trent Crump says the employee found the video Tuesday but the incident was videotaped Jan. 25. He says it was filmed while Larrison was responding to a call from the girl's school and her mother saying she was drunk and had pushed a male teacher.

Crump says that "at face value, the video is concerning to us."

Larrison's phone number is unlisted, and it's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Crump says Larrison has no previous complaints of excessive force.