Former AISD cop indicted after confrontation with middle school student

AUSTIN - A former Austin Independent School District police officer has been indicted by a Travis County grand jury for his actions in the detainment of a middle school student last fall, according to KVUE's and the Austin American-Statesman's Tony Plohetski.

Officer Christopher Penaloza was indicted on a charge of injury to a child and unlawful restraint of someone 17 years or younger, records show.

He has not been arrested yet.

The incident, which happened last fall, was caught on camera. The video is being used as key evidence in the case.

This is the first case under Travis County DA Margaret Moore's new policy of only taking certain use-of-force cases to a grand jury.

Plohetski confirmed that the confrontation happened between an eighth-grade student at Bedichek Middle School and former AISD Officer Christopher Penaloza.

The student was reportedly removed from class by school staff and Penaloza was called to the scene.

What happened next is under dispute, but what we do know is that the two had a confrontation which ended with them both falling on the floor.

Penaloza is no longer with AISD Police, he had already given his notice at the time of the incident.

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