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Texas cop suspended after video shows brutal pool party arrest of black teens

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MCKINNEY, Texas — A Texas police officer is on leave after video emerges of an arrest of multiple teens at a community pool party.

A  7-minute video was posted to YouTube Saturday and shows officers running after teens, with one in particular aggressively handcuffing a black male teen while pinning a black girl to the ground by her head as she cried for her mother.

“A fight between a mom and a girl broke out and the cops were called” according to Brandon Brooks, who shot the video.  “and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn’t do anything. So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason. This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders.” The video describes.

Brooks told Buzzfeed News ” I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were at the pool.”

Other teens told Buzzfeed the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and teens at the pool.  Some adults made racist comments and told them to return to “Section 8 [public] housing.”

According to a statement posted to Facebook, Texas police responded on Friday evening to a disturbance around 7:15 pm regarding a group of teenagers who did not have permission to use the pool.

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.

One of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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  • Prospectne

    Michael Cory Quattrin
    Facebook friends and family – PLEASE HELP! That (now viral) video of the officer in McKinney subduing a girl in a bathing suit was in OUR neighborhood. The situation was NOT what is being reported…

    A DJ setup in a public space next to the private pool in our neighborhood on Friday and played loud explicit (F-bomb) music for multiple hours (it is unclear if he was invited by a resident as no one has claimed responsibility). The teenagers (both black and white) were being brought into our neighborhood by the carload because the DJ was tweeting out invites to a “pool party” for $15 (obviously unauthorized by our neighborhood). The teens began fighting with each other and pushing their way into our private pool. Some were jumping our fence. The security guard was accosted when he tried to stop the beginnings of this mob scene. Some residents who live around the park/pool area tried to come out and settle things down. The teens started yelling racial slurs at our neighbors and started assaulting people and property (throwing bottles at cars and attacking a mother at the pool with 3 young children). The first officer on the scene was by himself. At that time, the party had grown to a large, aggressive crowd. As the officer arrived, many teens started running through our neighborhood. Many of the teens were being very aggressive and yelling at the officers as more arrived.

    This was a very dangerous situation for the officers AND the teens/residents not involved. The news media has refused to hear the neighborhood’s side of this story. The video being distributed is only a very small segment of what happened. This information being distributed by the media and others is extremely distorted and in some cases outright lies.

    PLEASE HELP US STOP THE BROADCASTING OF THIS IGNORANCE. The media is trying to make it look like our neighborhood is a white’s only, racist area. Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in our area knows this is an outright LIE.

    The unfortunate result is that our neighbors are now being threatened. We have also had cars and property in and around the park area vandalized this weekend. Unfortunately, the press and social media are trying to enflame the situation.

    I am asking for your help for my family and my neighbor’s safety…PLEASE, PLEASE do not rebroadcast any of these lies.

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