When, Oh When? V: The Incident in McKinney, Texas

When, oh when, will you white people put a stop to this shit?:

http://thegrio.com/2015/06/07/shocking-video-texas-police-attacking...

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Comment by Claudia Darling on June 9, 2015 at 5:52am
I was very upset when I saw the various videos. While most of the cops behaved appropriately, standing and talking courteously to the teens, that one cop was completely out of control. I also saw another video of a white lady yelling at a young girl and slapping her. One good thing to come out of these videos is tat it removes the complacency of people who thought we were all living in a post-racial society. No. We are not.
Comment by JMac1949 Memories on June 9, 2015 at 6:50am

The scene in McKinney is some kind of weird. Different people saw it come down different ways: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/09/us/mckinney-texas-pool-party-video/

In the mean time we've had four people killed over the last couple of months (so far three African American and one Hispanic male) by three different police agencies here in the paradise of SoCal and people are camping out on the sidewalk in front of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's home in Hancock Park to protest the death of Ezell Ford in South LA last year.  So far nobody is organizing protests of the police murder of Brendon Glenn the unarmed homeless man in Venice on May 5th or the police shooting of Charly “Africa” Leundeu Keunang another unarmed homeless man on Skid Row.  Both of those black men were mentally ill and I guess they didn't have local family.

I suppose we should be grateful that no one was shot in McKinney.  When oh when indeed?

Comment by Claudia Darling on June 9, 2015 at 7:04am
There she is Tracey Carver-Albrittion, the lady who started it all at the McKinney, Texas swimming pool. https://www.facebook.com/anarchistmemes.org/photos/a.39261380414342...
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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 9, 2015 at 8:31am

Clear-as-a-bell the whitewashings do little but to encourage more of this.

Comment by Ron Powell on June 9, 2015 at 8:58am
@CD; How can you be certain that this is a photo of the "lady who started it all..."?

If she did "start it all" she's no 'lady'....

My guess is that the incident is a culmination of sorts....In that regard, your "lady" simply added fuel to a a smoldering situation that was at or near a flashpoint...

McKinney, Texas is not, nor has it ever been, a seed bed of racial harmony and cooperatio...The community was all-white at one time and very high-end...Integration and the dismantling of racial barriers are relatively new to the place....Black people are a visible and distinct, no so very welcomed, minority...You can imagine, or figure out the rest of the story....

No, Claudia, your "lady" didn't start this...It was started by the first black family to take up residence in that location, and begin exercising the rights and privileges of property owners there which includes use of the pool and obtaining the passes to do so....

I've beena member of 'that family' both as a child and as a parent....Got little or no support from the so-called tolerant, or progressive/liberal neighbors....

Take another look at the video....How many WHITE PEOPLE are there seen challenging the police and demanding a cessation of the brutality? Remember the white kids who shot the video were ignored by police and treated as though they were invisible....Need I say more?
Comment by nerd cred on June 9, 2015 at 9:35am

Here's an interesting position drawn from an excerpt from the CNN link in jmac's comment.(if formatting posts messed up it's because it's drawn from the paste)

It's NOT my position - I think the essential issue in this incident is the cops' different treatment of the kids by race. The light this sheds is that the racial animosity might not have been as widespread in the community as one  might assume but was escalated by the police behavior. Or is Benet Embry kidding himself? I can't answer that question.

White witness: It was racially motivated

Brandon Brooks, the 15-year-old white teen who shot the video, said there's no doubt race was a factor. He said the officer was targeting black teens at the scene.

"I was one of the only white people in the area when that was happening," Brandon told CNN affiliate KDAF. "You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African-American friends to go sit down."

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Black resident: This was not a racially motivated event

Benet Embry, a 43-year-old black resident, saw things differently.

Embry has lived at Craig Ranch, a planned community in McKinney, for eight years. He said it's a nice place. Racially diverse. People get along there.

He said when he was at the community pool Friday, a crowd of teenagers showed up -- even though Craig Ranch's strict homeowners' association rules prohibit bringing more than two guests to the pool.

The teens huddled by the gate and shouted to let them in. Some jumped over the fence, Embry said. A security guard tried to get them to leave but was outnumbered, so the guard called police.

"Let me reiterate, the neighbors or the neighborhood did not call the police because this was an African-American party or whatever the situation is," he said. "This was not a racially motivated event -- at all. This whole thing is being blown completely out of proportion."

Embry did say he was disturbed to see the officer kneel on top of the bikini-clad girl and wave his gun at other teens.

"I may or may not agree with everything that the police officer did, but I do believe he was trying to establish order," he said.

Comment by Claudia Darling on June 9, 2015 at 9:46am
Ron, this is a shared post I picked up from FaceBook. I didn't find her. However, one of the white teens was slapped by a white lady id'd as her by several teens who were there. The white teen was trying to stand up to this woman who was reported to be yelling ugly slurs at the black teens, telling them to go back to Section 8 and so on. She may well have been the person who called the police describing a fight involving black teens at a private community pool. Many of the black teens who were there were either residents or had guest passes. I'm not shocked, more saddened. I was not raised to behave like this white lady even though back in the day, because my family was working class, we were called "poor white trash." This is what I personally would qualify as that behavior.
Comment by Anna Herrington on June 9, 2015 at 10:15am

The video is just sickening.

To me, the biggest clue to this out-of-hand cop is the beginning of the extended 7 minute video, where that one cop is running along and does this weird roll, like he's really getting into this mood, like he's watched far too many Miami Vice/old cop show re-runs and thinks he's a hot shot. His actions going forward only confirm it.

My guess about the face pushing - which was SO wrong - was fear of touching that gorgeous bodied young girl anywhere else. Not an excuse for his behavior at all, just trying to figure out this weird detail - in the midst of an entire scene that is terribly wrong - why he'd push her *face* down, pull on her braids.

That a white boy videos the whole thing without being noticed is both fortunate in this case as we all see it now - as well as highlighting what is so wrong as far as too many cops and the racial divide, goes.

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