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Jan 13, 2014 10:02 PM by John Rupolo - jrupolo@kristv.com

Robstown Cop Accused of Choking a Student Cleared of Wrongdoing

ROBSTOWN - This was the cell phone video obtained by Action 10 News in December that started an investigation. Did Robstown cop Marco Gonzalez use too much force breaking up an argument between 2 high school students at Robstown High by physically grabbing one of the students? Three weeks after the investigation began, we have answers.

"It was determined that the officer was not at wrong. He did not use any excessive force," said Sgt. Enrique Perez of the Robstown PD.

3 weeks ago, we interviewed Monica Pena. She is the mother of that fifteen year old that was taken down by Officer Gonzalez. She filed assault charges against the veteran cop and demanded he be fired.

"He has no right to be a police officer if he feels the need to do what he did," said Pena on December 23rd of last year speaking to Action 10 News Reporter John Rupolo.

The video shows two freshman having an argument after lunch at Robstown High. Two teachers step in to calm things down. The boys still seem to be exchanging words. Officer Gonzalez rushes in and grabs the fifteen year and what you don't see is the freshman being taken to the ground. That boy's mother tonight not happy.

"I'm really upset I know I could probably take it a step further but what's the point. I dont know I'm just fed up with it," said Pena.

Investigators telling us they got a copy of another video besides this one that showed the entire take down they ay that video cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

As a result of the outcome of the invesigation, Pena says her and her family are leaving Robstown for good.

"They can do whatever they want to. Say whatever they want to. But I'm not going to let my son stand by living here and let them mistreat him," said Pena.

John Rupolo
jrupolo@kristv.com

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