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 koshersalaami on June 8, 2015 at 9:48pm

Police violence certainly appears to be escalating. I can't tell you how much of it is new violence and how much of it is the drastic increase in reporting because cell phone videos are so ubiquitous; I suspect some of both. The advent of SWAT teams changed things by leading police to assume that the SWAT approach is OK and somehow normal as opposed to being reserved for really dire emergencies that, God willing, an officer should never see in his or her lifetime. 

Jan, a lot of it's blatantly race but you're right in that race is not the only problem, the impunity of a lot of police departments is. 

Comment by Julie Johnson on June 8, 2015 at 9:56pm

...oh I saw that last night !  I am so glad they caught that on video.  Then, I saw on another video, where they were macing a guy with a camara.  I don't care.  I'm still carrying mine with  me for protection.  My phone and my camara.  And my dog.  They act like that, I don't think old ladies are safe, either.  

Comment by koshersalaami on June 8, 2015 at 10:24pm
Comment by cheshyre on June 9, 2015 at 12:29am

McKinney is the cutting edge of white flight territory, transforming from a rural area to a very upscale one with high dollar subdivisions cropping up everywhere. Professional athletes live in nearby Prosper and the all those surrounding suburbs reek of snobbery. This incident doesn't surprise me at all. No way would I live anywhere around there even if I had the money.

Comment by Myriad on June 9, 2015 at 1:39am

One upside - another bit from the video is getting played over and over to raucous laughter:  the cop doing the ninja roll thing.

Comment by koshersalaami on June 9, 2015 at 3:43am
Good analysis.

Thanks for the information.

I don't think an exaggerated reaction has to be spontaneous. Some of it blatantly wasn't - the administration was already looking for anything they could find to justify invading Iraq before 9/11.
Comment by Ron Powell on June 9, 2015 at 4:03am
I was just about to add this incident to my "When Will You White People Put A Stop To Thiis Shit?" series of inquiries.......

If what goes on here at Our Salon is any indicator, the answers is a resounding ,"NEVER!"

Thanks for posting on this matter...It's gratifying to know that I'm not alone.....
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 9, 2015 at 4:30am

I hold w Jan here as much as I hold w you as to this, Kosh. 

Comment by koshersalaami on June 9, 2015 at 4:34am

I can't tell you what the tipping point is. I'm not even sure how to define it. The only thing I can tell you is that it is dawning on a lot more people just how bad racism still is. I can also tell you at what point the real shift in awareness started, and there is a definite shift. It started with the Trayvon Martin case, and as the cases keep coming and coming and coming, from all over the place, the excuse that these are individual cases as opposed to a systemic problem gets flimsier and flimsier and flimsier. 

Comment by koshersalaami on June 9, 2015 at 4:36am

I don't disagree with Jan. 


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