A video on YouTube went viral and the images are disturbing as it appears to show a McKinney Texas police officer losing his cool with a crowd of teenagers. This is becoming an everyday occurrence in our news that has no geographic origin but seems to have a ethnic origin. The only common thread that is apparent is the color of the suspects. Is this a racial issue, or a lack of understanding between cultures? Do white cops really lack understanding of how to communicate with blacks in communities that they serve?
The incident occurred Friday in McKinney Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas, where police were called to Craig Ranch North Community Pool which is a private community. A large crowd gathered and an apparent argument ensued. A bystander who was a teen at the pool according to Buzzfeed, captured the incident on their cell phone.
The disturbing video shows a white police officer shouting obscenities at a group of teens. He is clearly seen ordering some of the black teens to sit on the ground and then he speaks to a group of girls yelling obscenities and telling them to leave. The officer is then seen grabbing an unarmed black girl by the back of her head and forcing her to the ground and pushing her face down.
The particulars of the incident are still sketchy but a picture is worth a thousand words and what I see is a cop that seems to be pretty rattled and using poor judgement in how to diffuse the confusion. I get that cops arrive on an active scene as first responders and have seconds to assess the situation with their number 1 goal being to gain peace and understanding of the situation, but losing your cool is never ok Mr. Officer. My unanswered questions are:
- The kids that were on the ground and told to stay there where selected how? Especially when their was a large crowd of teens still able to freely walk around.
- Is it against the law to continue to go back and forth in dialogue with an officer while still complying with his demands?
- Who are the two white men that were walking around while this officer sat with his knees pinned on the girl’s back?
- The officer is heard saying to the girl as he had her pinned down that “If you don’t knock it off you are going to jail.” So if she wasn’t under arrest then why was she handcuffed and pinned down?
The officer and the entire incident are now under investigation by the McKinney Police Department and the officer seen on the video has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. A press conference was held by the Chief of Police just a few hours ago. See below
I would like to know your thoughts on policing in America. Is it out of control? What are the main issues? What if anything can we do to fix the issues?