“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain
Something happened in Texas the other night. It involved black teenagers and the police. As usual, there was a rush to judgment. Here is a statement issued by the McKinney Police Department:
Pool Party Incident:
On June 5, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers from the McKinney Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool. The initial call came in as a disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave. McKinney Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting.
First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation.
McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department. At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.
Now here is the narrative:
A Texas police officer has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation after video surfaced showing one cop pulling a gun on a crowd of teens at a pool party while others handcuffed teenage partygoers.
Police on Friday evening were called to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, roughly 40 miles north of Dallas. McKinney police said in a statement they were responding to a disturbance “involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” and that some of them were fighting.
A roughly 7-minute clip of the incident was published on YouTube Saturday and shows officers running after teens, with one aggressively handcuffing a black male teen while pinning a black girl to the ground by her head as she cried for her mother.
The officer was identified as patrol supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt.
“There was a fight, the cops showed up and started putting people on the ground for no reason,” Brandon Brooks, who shot the YouTube video, told The Huffington Post in a message.
A group of teens were at the pool for an end-of-school party, Miles Jai Thomas, one of the teens who attended, told HuffPost. Then a security guard showed up and put out all the black teenagers, Thomas said.
“He started making up rules to keep us out,” he said.
Before officers arrived on the scene, a white woman had started making racist comments, telling black partygoers to get used to the bars outside the pool because that’s all they were going to see. When one of the white teens at the party talked back to the adult, the woman began cursing and yelling at her as well, Thomas said.
Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out. Some adults made racist comments and told the teens to return to “Section 8 [public] housing,” BuzzFeed reported.
“I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,” Brooks said.
In the video, some partygoers are seen sitting in the grass and pleading “sir, we just came here for a birthday party, please.” Another officer is heard thanking a group of teens for returning a flashlight the officer dropped.
“Why the police who yelled at the kids to go home — how did they know those kids didn’t live there?” asked Lashadion Anthony, a barber and realtor in McKinney who attended with his son, a toddler.
“We live here, we pay taxes, we’re law-abiding citizens. Why should be treated differently than anyone else?” he said.
“They didn’t stop any of the people who aren’t of African-American descent,” Anthony added, saying that police “have to be able to handle people in a better manner than this.”
“We’re just asking for justice,” he said, noting that when his son is older, he should be able to visit public pools without fear of prejudice.
This is another racial Rorschach test. If you don’t see obvious evidence of racism and police brutality, you are a racist. If you question the narrative, you are a racist. If you want to wait until all the facts come out, you are a racist.
I must be a racist because I don’t know what really happened in McKinney the other night, but it appears that this wasn’t a “public” pool. You have to be a member of the local homeowner’s association to use the facilities. It is unclear who was hosting the party and if they had permission.
Apparently black people cannot be expected to control themselves if exposed to racist words and are justified in resorting to violence. As for the use of the adjective “brutal” it should be pointed out that no one was shot, tased, pepper-sprayed or beaten by the police.
Expect this story to dominate the news for a few days. The usual suspects are already planning protests.
Oh yeah, that poor innocent girl who was detained by the police? Here she is a few minutes earlier: