The McKinney Video Of A Police Officer Pinning A 15-Year-Old Black Girl To The Floor Is Horrifying
The latest on the McKinney Texas pool party events.
It was an end of school BBQ at a neighbourhood pool in McKinney, Texas, but it ended up with a 15-year-old girl wearing just a bikini being dragged to the floor like a rag doll and pinned to the ground by a police officer, as he swore and pointed a gun at the other teenagers.
The video of the incident in McKinney makes for awful viewing and is the latest in a string of incidents that question how US police treat minorities.
In a statement posted on Facebook, McKinney police said they were called to the party because a number of uninvited youths had gatecrashed and refused to leave the swimming pool. A fight then broke out, and more calls were made to police.
The video is seven-minutes long and shows the police officer, now identified as Corporal David Eric Casebolt, getting increasingly angry, pointing his gun at the teenagers and forcing a bikini-clad girl called Dajerria Becton to the floor, appearing to pin her down with his knees as she cried for her mother.
Brandon Brooks, who shot the now-viral Texas pool party video, when asked in an interview afterwards if he believed that racial discrimination was an element in who the police targeted, said: ‘Yeah, most definitely. Some of the comments on my YouTube video were like, “Oh, the cameraman must be white,” because I was standing in the middle of these hoards of black people, and I was the only one who the cops didn’t look at or who the cops didn’t put handcuffs on. I was basically invisible to the cops.’
The officer has since been placed on administrative leave and an internal affairs investigation is underway.
Video: McKinney officer resigns due to actions in pool party video
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