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A Texas police officer has reportedly been placed on administrative leave after footage of him drawing a gun on a group of children in El Paso captured national attention.
In the video shared on Friday to Facebook, the teenager, who has been identified as Jacob Saucedo, can be seen getting dragged by local officers and handcuffed before being placed in the back of a patrol vehicle.
The video has since garnered over 5 million views and thousands of shares.
Police told a local NBC affiliate that the incident occurred on Thursday outside a recreation center.
According to a news release obtained by the publication, officers were originally called to the scene over a report of criminal trespassing before they came across the 15-year-old.
In the five-minute video, a police officer can be seen pointing his gun at children before detaining Saucedo.
Saucedo told the local outlet that he was crossing the street to meet his mother at the center before police told him to move "against the wall" for questioning.
The teenager also said an officer choked him prior to the start of the video.
"I'm just mad because I don't know why the officer choked me," Saucedo told the local station.
The El Paso Police Department said it is currently investigating the incident in a statement to NBC News.
"A series of events unfolded while the officers were handling the call and culminated with the situation that was captured on video and posted on social media sites," the statement reads. "The Department's Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an investigation of the incident. Additional resources have been allocated to assist in expediting the investigation."