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Yakima officer seen in video using force to break up fight identified

Yakima officer seen in video using force to break up fight identified

YAKIMA, Wash. - Police say an officer seen on video kicking a teen while trying to break up a fight at the state fair in Yakima has been temporarily reassigned.

The officer involved in the incident has been identified as 31-year-old Ian Cole who has served with the Yakima Police Department (YPD) for four years, according to a news release from YPD.

The video posted to Facebook shows police responding to a group of teens fighting Sunday evening at the Central Washington State Fair.

Some locals expressed concern over the video, which has since gone viral. The video shows the officer kicking a 17-year-old in the back after he didn't get on the ground.

Police said four of the teens involved in the fight were arrested and escorted off the fairgrounds.

Police said Cole is reassigned to administrative duty while the department investigates.

More information will be provided when the investigation is complete, police say.

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