McKinney Texas police officer suspended after chaotic pool party incident
By: M. Moreland, Contributor June 07, 2015
Courtesy of Brandon Brooks
A McKinney Texas police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced on social media of him pushing a teenage girl to the ground and pulling a gun on another teenager at a pool party.
The 7 Minute video shows a police officer using profanity and aggressively throwing a 15-year-old girl in a bathing suit to the ground face-down then pinning her down with his knees in her back.
The girl can be heard screaming, "I want to call my mom. He hit me."
McKinney police spokeswoman Sabrina Boston said the incident involved "multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave."
She said additional units were dispatched after the first officers to arrive "encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands." But the video only shows a small group of teens.
Brooks specified that the chaos began with a fight between a white woman and a 19-year-old black girl.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday afternoon, police Chief Greg Conley asked citizens to be patient and to respect the investigative process.
"A (teenage) female was temporarily detained by one of the officers," police Chief Greg Conley told reporters on Sunday afternoon. "She was ultimately released to her parents."
The girl's family has said that the girl is 15 years old.
A dozen police officers eventually responded to the disturbance.
"Several concerns about the conduct of one of the officers at the scene have been raised," Conley said. "The McKinney Police Department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law. We are committed to preserving the peace and safety of our community for all our citizens."
Conley did not name the suspended officer.
Brandon Brooks, who posted the unedited video clip titled Cops Crash Pool Party on Saturday, wrote that "this kind of force is uncalled for, especially on children and innocent bystanders."