A white Dallas-area police officer has been place on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him drawing his gun on unarmed black teenagers outside a swimming pool and wrestling a 14-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground.
A white Dallas-area police officer has been place on administrative leave after a video surfaced over the weekend showing him drawing his gun on unarmed black teenagers outside a swimming pool and wrestling a 14-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground.
McKinney, Texas, police officials said officers arrived Friday evening at the private Craig Ranch North Community Pool after reports of fighting and residents complaining that a group of teenagers didn’t have permission to be at the pool.
Officials said three officers initially responded and that 12 officers had arrived by the time the incident was over.
In a video taken by a teenage bystander, which has garnered more than 4 million views on YouTube as of Monday, police officers can be seen sprinting through a subdivision near the pool as clusters of teenagers stand around and watch.
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“A fight between a mom and a girl broke out, and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn’t do anything,” the bystander who uploaded the video to YouTube on Saturday wrote in a caption. “So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason.”
One officer in particular has drawn public scorn after the video showed him confronting black teens aggressively, forcing young men in the group on the ground and using profanities as he told the lingering teens, by turns, to either stay on the ground or to leave the area.
At one point, the officer walks up to a 14-year-old girl in a bikini, who is black, and wrestles her down to a sidewalk, forcing her head down with his hand, which upset other teens who were standing around peacefully.
When two unarmed teenage boys rushed up, the officer pulled out his gun, and they ran away.
“Call my mama!” the girl in the bikini, now emotional, calls out while sitting up on the sidewalk.
The officer then picks her up from the sidewalk, throws her back down on the grass and then on her face, and puts his knee on her back as a couple of white adults stand between the officer and the teens still standing nearby.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said that after the video surfaced, the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a full internal investigation.
Community leaders in Cleveland, distrustful of the criminal justice system, said Monday they would not wait for prosecutors to decide whether to file charges against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. Instead, they will invoke a seldom-used Ohio law and go directly to a judge to request murder charges against the officers.