Charges against teen in viral video are dismissed: District Attorney’s Office

El Paso News

Charges have been dropped against one of the two teenagers who was arrested in June in a viral video, where an El Paso Police Officer drew his gun on a group of juveniles.

Julian Saucedo was facing charges of interference with public duties following a chaotic confrontation between an El Paso Police officer and a group of children. The officer had one juvenile detained but was surrounded by several teens who were cursing at him. The entire exchange was caught on camera and posted on social media.

Saucedo and his 15-year-old brother were arrested. Since then Saucedo has been late to court twice. Most recently going to jail for violating the terms of his bond.

Earlier this month, an investigation found that the officer was clear of any wrongdoing. Chief Greg Allen said he was taken off desk duty and put back in the field in the same neighborhood where the incident took place.

The El Paso District Attorney’s Office cited “prosecutorial discretion” when dismissing the charges on Sept. 19.

“After careful review of the entire case, the case was dismissed because there was not enough evidence to proceed,” read a statement from the District Attorney’s Office. 

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