The NAACP is joining many who have expressed outrage over a video showing a McKinney, Texas, cop dragging an African-American teenage girl wearing a bathing suit to the ground and then placing his knees into her back while she cried out for her mother.
The president and CEO of the organization is calling for an investigation of the officers and demands "that they be held accountable" for their actions.
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“I am deeply disturbed by the McKinney Police Department’s treatment of these African-American teenagers," said Cornell William Brooks. "The excessive force on an unarmed 14-year-old girl clad only in a bikini by an officer wearing a uniform and a gun was particularly troubling.
The footage was taken by another teen outside of a pool party in a surburb Friday. Police were called because of “multiple juveniles at the location, who did not live in the area or have permission to be there.” But when the officer arrived on the scene the events grew more intense and spiraled out of control.
"Get your a** out of here," the officer yelled. "Sir, we just came from a birthday party. Please. Please, sir," two other male African-American teens could be heard saying while sitting on the ground. A group of girls walking past were also ordered to go home.
The main victim in the orange bathing suit is shown being grabbed and pulled to the ground. When two other boys attempt to intervene, the officer pulls out his gun and waves it at them. He then puts knee in her back while she cried. Another child is seen being handcuffed as well a few inches away.
"From what we have seen on the video, the treatment is inhumane and especially since we are talking about teenagers," Gary Bledsoe, Texas State Conference President, said in a statement. "These are our children. If there is an explanation for this, we would like to know what it is."
The officer, Eric Casebolt, has been placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.
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