I assume most of you have heard of the incident at the pool party in McKinney, TX and probably seen video footage. If not:


Jon Stewart covered it pretty extensively on tonight's Daily Show. 

A local teenager had a birthday party at a community pool. The guests were mostly Black teenagers and some of the local residents using the pool were not pleased. At some point a fight broke out, I'm not sure between whom and whom, though the Huffington Post piece indicates the first punch may actually have been thrown by someone objecting to the kids' presence. Whatever the case was, someone called the police. There was no fight in progress by the time they arrived. 

The police came after a lot of the teenagers, at which point someone started taking video with a phone. An officer threw a girl onto the ground, insisting loudly that she stay there, pulling her all the way down by her hair. A couple of boys came over to assist her and the officer chased them, drawing his gun in the process. He is now on administrative leave. 

The girl he went after was, this being a pool party, wearing a bathing suit. She is fourteen years old. 

She is a little younger than my daughter. Her size and build look sort of similar to my daughter's, from what I'm able to see. 

I'm trying to imagine what her parents must be going through, watching footage of this big rough cop taking down their crying little girl. Why? There's no fight in progress. It's kind of difficult to conceal a weapon in a two piece bathing suit. 

What exactly was the point? There's a question of how many of these kids had pool passes, but seriously, is this what the police do about pool pass violations? They ostensibly got a call about a fight, but there was no fight to break up. They couldn't just walk up and start talking to people like normal human beings?

I don't know what it will take for people to realize that we still have a serious race problem in this country. I watch people deny specific case after specific case, but it has to be getting more and more difficult to keep denying with a straight face. 

White fourteen year old girls in bathing suits don't get thrown to the ground by cops. Watch the video. If anything, I'm understating the brutality involved. 

This was so incredibly unnecessary. The scariest part, of course, is that anyone thinks this is OK. But we know why they think this is OK. 

I'm pretty sure isn't going to happen to my daughter (even though she's not White, she's Asian). I'm glad about that. 

But the thing is, it shouldn't happen to anyone's daughter. 

And no one should make excuses for the people who do this, because there aren't any.

Addendum 6/9. 9:07 PM

Two White teenagers on the scene speak out against racism
Including the kid who shot the video

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Comment by Myriad on June 9, 2015 at 1:24pm

I was just reading a thing about how the party was unauthorized, they were playing loud profane music "for hours" and blah blah, and all sorts of kids were being "bussed in" and climbing over the fence and blah blah, any of which may or may not be true......at any rate, all Doc Vegaish (or Mishama-ish.... And then in Salon I read this:

"This pollution of our entire culture explains why a 14-year-old girl is slammed into the ground in one part of Texas, while in another, police called to break up a lethal biker brawl that reads “white,” arrest a crowd of men, many of whom are armed and violent, largely with respect and humanity, an arrestee is even seen relaxedly checking his phone."

Comment by Carole Dixon on June 9, 2015 at 1:45pm
And the bikers outnumbered the police and were well armed. Not defenseless bikini clad girls.
Comment by koshersalaami on June 9, 2015 at 2:07pm

The good thing about this is that it's in the nation's face. It just keeps adding up. At some point, someone who hasn't gotten it before is going to get it, and that's one more ally. Ted Frier and Rw005g (from OS) both started out as conservatives. At some point, conservatives stopped making sense, and two of the best political minds I know turned Left. Not that they're always comfortable with their allies now, but they just couldn't deal with that degree of hypocrisy. As these happen, somewhere someone is saying "I can't do this any more. I can't claim that this is all a big myth that Al Sharpton made up. As much as I hate to say it, and believe me I hate to say it, he's right." 

Comment by koshersalaami on June 9, 2015 at 2:53pm

It certainly is now. 

It may depend on how they grew up and how early they started. And they weren't necessarily the "best political minds" at the time. 

Comment by koshersalaami on June 9, 2015 at 3:25pm

Good move. 

I just saw part of an interview with someone who used to be with the McKinney police force years ago. He said that the first rule they were taught in situations like that is that the police don't have ears when it comes to insults - insults are to be ignored. His reaction to watching the video was that he assumed the cop involved was a rookie. He was very surprised that this guy was senior and a trainer.

Comment by cheshyre on June 9, 2015 at 9:59pm

And now he's resigned.

Comment by Ron Powell on June 10, 2015 at 12:52am
The voluntary resignation preserves his pension and gives him the opportunity to gain employment elsewhere as did the cop who shot a twelve year old boy in Cleveland....

I believe that punitive measures are in order. There is enough on the video to establish probable cause for an arrest, indictment and a trial.....
Comment by koshersalaami on June 10, 2015 at 6:44am

Well, Ron, depends if anyone can get someone to prosecute. If nothing else, I'd consider going the civil route. Money scares people. 

Comment by Ron Powell on June 10, 2015 at 7:07am
Civil action against the officer is inevitable....

The chief of police has characterized the officer's behavior as "out of control" and "indefensible", which sets the stage for a settlement of some kind...

A criminal trial would be an extremely public affair, which would almost certainly cut off any options/attempts to resurface as a cop somewhere else...

The message must be that the police are not above the law and indeed should be held to a higher standard re discharge of their duties and responsibilities....
Comment by koshersalaami on June 10, 2015 at 7:21am

The chief of police characterized his behavior like that? That's highly interesting. We're finally looking at a case where the police didn't close ranks. Have we seen that elsewhere recently?


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