If there’s one thing we haven’t learned in the recent string of “racial” incidents between police and suspects, it’s that jumping to conclusions is a really, really bad idea. Our society’s latest collective outrage is over a disturbance in a community in McKinney, Texas.
White ADULTS being racist to black TEENS and then call the cops who proceed to ignore the people who were ACTUALLY the problem #McKinney
— Chelsea St. Juniors (@IfIWereMagneto) June 7, 2015
A white boy in that video actually stands up after being told to seat down and walks away…. black girl gets body slam.. #McKinney
— Sam Gichuru (@SamGichuru) June 7, 2015
That young girl was assaulted. Period. Ask any victim or survivor: that scar will last a lifetime. #McKinney
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) June 8, 2015
What really happened? Some kids decided to crash a community party and cause a ruckus. An officer responds to the scene, and this happens:
Media and public assumption? This is yet another example of a white racist cop out to get the 100% innocent black kids. The NAACP has issued a statement on the incident condemning the McKinney Police Department, and undoubtedly it’s only a matter of time before Al Sharpton heads to Texas. The investigation is ongoing, and the officer seen in the film has been put on administrative leave.
Listen, I’m not in the business of defending all cops. Some are bad, sure. My only tweet on the matter was that we should “wait for the facts.” By the response, you’d have thought that I proposed a second holocaust. But is there more to the story than what we see in the video? This McKinney resident says yes:
According to this gentleman, the boys shown in the video weren’t there just to “go to a birthday party.” They crashed the party – jumping the fence seems to be a pretty strong indicator they weren’t invited – and set out to intimidate the children and residents in the community. AKA, trespassing. Disturbing the peace. And as any reasonable citizens would do in such a situation, the police are called.
The officers arrive on the scene, and the trouble-makers take off running. The main officer shown on camera repeatedly tells kids to sit down and stay in the grass. They don’t.
Rule number one when dealing with law enforcement? Do what they ask you to do. I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, if an officer instructed me to stay put, I wouldn’t so much as sneeze without approval. Of course, some cops abuse the authority and that’s a problem, but the point here is that there is a noticeable lack of respect for any authority displayed here. I don’t know if it’s a generational problem, or an idiot problem… but it’s a problem.
The young lady featured later in the clip is repeatedly told to leave the scene, yet continues to verbally harass the officer. In what appears to be an attempt to escort her to the grass to sit with the other gentlemen, she initiates a struggle and is taken to the ground through a leveraged shoulder maneuver (not a bodyslam as was claimed on Twitter), where she too, refuses to cooperate.
While the officer is attempting to restrain her, several men come up behind him very aggressively. One even throws down his hat and pulls up his pants looking like he’s about to pounce. The officer draws his weapon, not aiming at anyone, with the finger off the trigger. Moments after he draws his weapon, two other officers are by his side to help calm the situation. Kudos to those two officers for acting swiftly and diffusing the moment. Why isn’t the media talking about those two officers? Why don’t we hear about the heroes in this story? Why do we only give air time to the alleged ‘villain’?
New reports from actual bystanders are beginning to surface which dramatically change the narrative. Remember that thing called context?
This cop very well may be a first-class jerk. But without context or all of the facts, we don’t know that yet. All I’m saying is… wait before drwing a conclusion. There’s a novel idea.
As for the pool where that party was taking place, there’s now a sign out front thanking the McKinney Police for intervening in the situation.
Pool just put up this sign supporting McKinney PD & thanking officers for their response Friday pic.twitter.com/P7bC9hULCF
— Zahid Arab (@ZahidArabFox4) June 7, 2015
Maybe the McKinney madness wasn’t racially motivated after all. Maybe, just maybe, this was an officer doing his job, a job that few others are willing to do.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments below!