Two questions here, and your take on the clip will depend in part on how closely you think they’re related. One: Did the cops have a good reason to be there? Two: Did the aggressive cop have a good reason to be aggressive?
The answer to the first question, per Breitbart, seems to be yes. The racial narrative is that white homeowners didn’t like black kids coming into their neighborhood for a pool party and called the police out to harass them. And that’s not coming out of nowhere: Watch the second clip below of one black teenaged girl, who lives in the neighborhood herself, claiming that a couple of white locals were calling them “black f***ers” and telling them to go back to their Section 8 housing. Follow the Breitbart link, though, and you’ll see video of at least one fight at the party (between a teen and two adults), plus reports from other residents that there was much more happening than black and white:
One resident, Benet Embry, a black man, posted on Facebook about the events leading up to the police call. “Look, I LIVE in this community and this ENTIRE incident is NOT racial at all,” Embry wrote. “A few THUGS spoiled a COMMUNITY event by fighting, jumping over fences into a PRIVATE pool, harassing and damaging property. Not EVERYTHING is about RACE. WE have other issues that NEED our attention other flights of made up make believe causes.”…
Another McKinney resident, Bryan Gestner, posted on Facebook, “This was a Twitter party that turned into a mob event. Jumping pool fence. Assaulting 2 security guards, attacking a mother with three little girls. The video doesn’t show everything.” He continued saying the kids were drinking and “smoking weed” and they would not listen to any of the adults around the pool.
Gestner claims he was threatened by some of the kids, who promised to shoot up his house. Yet another resident also claimed that the pool’s security guards had been threatened and that she feared for the cops’ safety after they showed up, given how outnumbered they were. In fact, someone posted a sign at the pool after the incident thanking the police.
So there’s your answer to question one — threats of violence, actual violence in the form of a fight, and the possibility of more violence to come given the rising tension. Seems like a matter for the police. Question two: What about the cop who throws the girl down and then pulls his piece on the teens as they crowd around? Says Robby Soave, “The video shows several black teenagers ignoring police demands to sit still, or move to the other side of the street—although none of them appear to be doing anything wrong besides that. Indeed, it’s not clear why the officers were even interested in them in the first place: Several said they had just arrived when the cops grabbed them.” Hard to believe the cop felt threatened by the girl, who’s all of 15 years old and wearing a bikini with no place to conceal a weapon. It looks to me like he tosses her down simply because she’s defiant: He’s trying to manage the crowd by getting all of the kids to sit on the grass or leave, she doesn’t want to do that, so he decides to make her — and when she’s finally down, he wants her face down, not just sitting. When a few other teens approach and start hooting at him, he takes out his gun — although, again, no one appears to be armed and no one appears to touch him. McKinney PD is sufficiently troubled by his actions that they’ve put him on administrative leave. The mayor says he’s “disturbed” by the clip; the girl herself says she wants the cop to be punished with more than just losing his job. Will the D.A. prosecute him for excessive force? Stay tuned.