Texas Cop Suspended After Pulling Gun On Black Teens At Pool Party

June 7th 2015

A new video shows a white police officer in McKinney, Texas breaking up a pool party and slamming a black teenage girl to the ground and pulling her hair after an alleged disturbance. According to BuzzFeed News, "police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to 'Section 8 [public] housing.'"

The officer in the video is seen chasing teens, pulling his gun, and then singling out a teenage girl whom he pins down and sits on, apparently in an effort to prevent her from standing up.

Also during the video, the officer can be seen pulling his gun and pointing it at multiple teens in the hectic aftermath. The student who took the video said the following:

As Business Insider reports, "the Dallas-area policeman has been placed on administrative leave" while his department further investigates the incident.

On their Facebook page, the McKinney Police Department released the following:

On June 5, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers from the McKinney Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool. The initial call came in as a disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave. McKinney Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting.

First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation. McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department. At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

Greg Conley, the Chief of Police for McKinney, also held a press conference to address the incident. You can watch it here:

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