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A word of warning… the video below is very disturbing.

Details are still coming out about what exactly transpired at the Craig Ranch Community, a gated community in the Dallas area, but a video of the events is shocking people nationwide. A diverse group of teens were having a party at Craig Ranch’s pool when McKinney Texas police were called after a fight broke out, and because some residents felt the teens were trespassing. According to news reports police arrived after the fight ended and attempted to round the teens up. By the time the camera starts rolling, the police are simultaneously rounding up teens and telling others to disperse.

One young black woman seems to question the officer and what follows is quite disturbing. He grabs her by the hair and arm and slams her to the ground. He then pins her there with his knee in her back and pushes her head down whenever she lifts it. Surrounding teens are bewildered and visibly upset by the officer’s actions. Perhaps even more disturbing there are adults there who simply watch and meander as the cop is overly aggressive with the young woman, who is sobbing on the ground.

The coverage of this event is equally troubling. If you Google the headlines, a lot of the focus is on the cop pulling a gun on two unarmed teen boys. Few specifically reference how lawlessly aggressive he was with a petite, bikini-clad (and clearly unarmed) young black woman. I even read a story where the girl’s “mouthiness” is set forth as possible justification for the officer’s action. But in an interview with CNN legal analyst and trial attorney Paul Callan made it clear that the officer’s actions are way out of line;

“The officer’s treatment of the girl “appears to be punishment for her attitude rather than for the commission of any crime and does not appear to be supported by probable cause or even reasonable suspicion,” he added. “It appears to be an illegal and unconstitutional arrest and detention.””

A few weeks back we posted about a group of black women who marched topless in San Francisco to protest the killing of unarmed black women by police. Some people felt their actions were unnecessary and crass, but when police violence against a young, black girl does not warrant focused coverage, it becomes clear why many black women feel that desperate measures are necessary to call attention.

Another troubling aspect of this video is the treatment of black teens versus white and non-black teens. The young man who shot the video, Brandon Brooks, is a white teen who attended the pool party. In an email interview with NBC he noted that only black kids were targeted:

“When I started the video was right after all the kids who got put on the ground had gotten up and ran away. The cop was chasing after all those kids just putting every black person he saw on the ground.”

Ryan Nave, a news editor at the Jackson Free Press who often covers police and crime, gave his insight on the clear racism on display in the video;

“Notice how close the officers let white people get to them. First, it was the presumably white camera operator who walked up and handed the officer his flashlight, which was met with thanks. Then there’s the larger gentleman who seems to be by the officer’s side at every step. Based on the khaki shirt, I guess he could be a deputy but he doesn’t seem to be performing any law enforcement duties. There’s a white parent who’s talking to some of the children who are seated. By contrast, every single thing with brown skin (which there’s a lot of because everyone is wearing bathing suits) that gets within 15 feet of this guy is yelled at, ordered to go across the street, lectured, roughed up or, MOST HORRIFYINGLY, pointed a loaded weapon at.”

Very troubling.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on all this?

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56 Comments on "Disturbing: Video of Police Officer Brutally Restraining 15-Year-Old Black Girl Goes Viral"

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Rose

This truly makes me sad. This is clearly police brutality and quite possibly racism. We all know darn well that white 14-year-old girls of the suburbs are never aggressively handled like this when cops come to break up a white party (if cops would even come to break up a white party, that is). This girl and her family need to file a law suit. They have potential for a case.

FreeTea

Interesting that your word choices are the same as the poster “Daniela” below, and that you compared Black people to crazy animals.

Einstein said that a lack of justice for one group eventually leads to a lack of justice for all. I can’t wait until White America gets theirs

TheMisstaylor88
This is indeed very sad to see yet another white cop assaulting a black young girl at that. She is obviously a very petitie stature and her problem was her mouth. She should not have been back talking to the officer but people of all races talk back. If the officer could not handle her attitde then he should not be an officer. She was unarmed and did not cause any crime. He treated her like she was a criminal pulling her hair, tossing her to the ground, and putting his knee on top of her head. This man is… Read more »
Mandy
If you notice all.the white people are not running around like crazy animals in this video. This girl was told several times to get out of there, which she obviously felt the need to disregard. She was very rude, attitudy, non compliant, and disrespectful. She should have just done as she was told and all of that would of been prevented. But no of course she feels like she doesn’t have to listen to.authority, which is clearly wrong. She was resisting arrest as well, which makes the police officer have to use more force to apprehend her. I’m sorry but… Read more »
FreeTea

ARE YOU EFFING SERIOUS?

How is it that White people online are so comfortable saying racist and misogynistic things, but in-person, they’ll deny their bigotry til kingdom come?

Patrice

Was this sarcasm? You don’t actually think that right?

Martha Ashwood
This is really disturbing. But I’ll say something that is very true and I know because I am black and I know black ppl. Our key problem is our attitude, how we handle situations like this. We are wayyy too aggressive and confrontational for our own good. I bet that girl said something inflammatory to the policeman. When an officer confronts a white person that white person is often very compliant. The black person however is often not. We get aggressive and confrontational. That’s the problem. Next problem also is we are victims of what too many black ppl have… Read more »
Eleanor

So the police officer just couldn’t keep himself from ASSAULTING the girl! Also, what does melanin have to do with aggression?

lis

You are too dumb too to be alive…God help us.

Danela
So very true! If you notice all.the white people stepped back and were not running like crazy animals. It’s funny when black people think they can get aggressive and attitudy, but then play the victim when they get handled. She was told several times to leave, which she felt she had no need to listen to authority. Personally I don’t feel sorry for her, because she was very mouthy, disrespectful, rude, and non compliant. Whoever, gave her the idea to disrespect authority is obviously wrong. She was also resisting arrest and was not allowing herself to be restrained, which obviously… Read more »
FreeTea
Are you serious? You’re spouting Racist Tropes 101, and you’re going to act like you speak for all Black people? We’re not naturally aggressive, our culture embodies a lack of fear for confrontation, unlike passive-aggressive White culture. I have watched White people be noncompliant with police. I have watched videos of them rioting and looting and destroying property over a sports game. She said nothing inflammatory, and even if she did, how the hell is that grounds for being thrown to the ground and brutalized by a supposed officer of the law? What 14 y/o do you know that doesn’t… Read more »
Toniette
I was primed to take the cops’ side before watching this video. After I watched the whole thing and realized that this guy was on some sort of power trip. Just look at how his colleagues responded compared to him. Notice how they had to stop him from shooting that boy. And it was the big girl in shorts that yelled at him so why tackle little bikini girl except to make an example of her? You’re probably a troll, but in case you are reps pending seriously, go look at the video again. Also, listen to the account given… Read more »
om

This officer was getting off on that young girl. Other footage shows him on top of her with both knees, copping a feel and suffocating her. Men like him are sexually aroused by females they hate, S&MBondagekkkcop

kalexa1

There’s been an update to the story: I just read an online NY Times article where there’s a statement from the cop’s lawyer/solicitor and apparently he’s resigned following threats… With full pension and benefits of course.

Turtle Heart
Yes, who is the big fat white guy in shorts pushing people around and shadowing the cop…it would be a great service to identify him and open him up to some comments from the free world…he really grosses me out..and LISTEN, it is NOT against the law to say something to a cop or even to yell at a cop…a lot of the absolute loser comments here think the young woman giving “mouth” to the cop deserved to be assaulted as she was…you must be kidding or you are just to stupid about the law, as it is NOT against… Read more »
Chloe

bottom line: If you can’t handle 14 year old kids… maybe you shouldn’t be a cop. Just like if you can’t handle someone who you find “menacing”, I’m sure you can find a job as a security guard in a retirement community. These people should be trained better on how to carry themselves to foster reliability and trust in the ENTIRE community. period. Thinking you are entitled to treat kids or minorities, or women etc. as if they are not people is just…
I’m in China right now and I’m not sure I feel safe coming back

Robert Gehrking

Product of EBT program.
That 14 year old girl was HUGE!
She looked to be at least 6 feet tall, probably 160 pounds.
With those long arms and legs and her feral, hood upbringing….she could kick most peoples asses!
I wouldn’t want to get near her…SCARY!

Kerisha Thomas
Which part are you not in agreement with,filing complaints against an officer is your right.if you have been harmed suing is the American way . people often file lawsuits against the municipality, which we all pay for with our taxes. File suit against the individual they will get it.i don’t care how many go fund me accounts are set for these racist cops.even there white knights don’t have deep pockets, if we keep brining them to court civilly since we can’t get justice criminally. Being sassy does not warrant police brutality,nor a violation of your civil rights.
Cassy

Thank you, just thank you. I was beginning to think I was crazy and dreamed I saw all that

Cassy
What were you watching?? This girl was “sassy” I’m your words AFTER she had been violently flung to the ground saying to “call my momma” repeatedly. Any one would be upset. Before the we only see her being grabbed and thrown from a distance, you cannot hear her at all so how would you know she was rude and deserved it. Btw no unarmed harmless teenager deserves this treatment. Many of the teens ar hanging around because their friends of family members are being mistreated and they don’t want to leave them. You can clearly hear a boy saying “that… Read more »
Robert Gehrking

Go watch some “knock out game” videos of you unarmed black kids, and see if you think black kids are harmless!!!

Antoinette Marie Cooper-Martin
Antoinette Marie Cooper-Martin

YOu could not have watched the WHOLE video. The man handled young lady actually walked away from the scene. The police officer ran up on her while she was leaving.

Ebony Lakiya

I do not think she watched the whole video.. She sees what she wants to see.

Krystal Kemp

This is truly sad and yet we have individuals debating on the duty of the police was to bring order in fact there was no order being brought only I high strung officee who clearly was already targeting the youth. He even pulled a weapon on kids and a fellow officer on tape grabbed his hand and told him to calm down. And for those that are agreeing with the sophomoric behavior then you need to wake up because you are clearly in a state of ignorant sleep

T

“Aggressively manhandled” and “girl” should not even be used in the same sentence. Even if she was mouthy she clearly was not a threat to the officers life. Inexcusable.

Me

@zenkieahjerpe:disqus

Are you a troll? How can police brutallity be so normal to you? I’m just asking…I read an article on digital black face so that got me wondering..

Ebony Lakiya

Ignore zankiea.. Seems like a house &&&&

Kiara
Wooooowwwwww Zenkiea Hjerpe, I don’t even know where to start. I just can’t believe you would even try to justify police brutallity towards unarmed underaged teens! I’m even more DISGUSTED at the way you try to put the blame on these kids! These are teens! They are obviously young and immature, and even if they talked back at the officer no one diserves to be treated that way, to be dragged on the floor like that,having an arm pointed at them! If it were white kids having a pool party, we all know non of this abuse, humiliation and violence… Read more »
Zaza
I am horrified at what I just witnessed in this video and ANYONE, justifying the actions of that police officer need to seek therapy and schedule themselves in for an eye test PRONTO. That is a clear example of police brutality. It is not a crime to “talk back” or “have an attitude” especially when one is all of 14 years of age and clearly not a threat to anyone. Pushing anyone down, man, woman or child is NOT acceptable in this manner UNLESS, they have been physically aggressive or are carrying a harmful weapon. I am so disgusted by… Read more »
stfu

If they were white, no one would care.

Krystal Kemp

If they were white black green yellow I would care this is a human being just as the man in California the person in Arizona race is that traffic it is only when we focus on the color of the cars that we lose sight to the principles that impacts our humanity

Guest

True–’cause the cops would have never treated them the same way.
#crimingwhilewhite.

Jessica Bailey
I disagree Zenkiea. The first instant where the teen boys are told to sit their a**es in the grass which is COMPLETELY disrespectful and uncalled for, the boys are being extremely polite. Even using the word sir out of respect. Just because they are police doesn’t give them the right to be disrespeftful and unruly. We expect them as the protectors of our society to be better than the situations they are faced with. These police officers were not. And where do you hear him telling the teenage girls to please leave? He clearly says “get your a** gone”. He… Read more »
Carmen

The police officer was not calm or respectful. He was very foul mouthed, except when talking to the white teenager that handed him a flashlight. He then said “thank you”. Are we commenting on the same video? I don’t know what’s sicker, white supremacy in this country, or the blacks (like you) that take up for and excuse their behavior. …..smh…..

She.

Hmm…when did physically restraining someone because of their mouth become okay? The bottom line is that the situation could have been handled better. We all have a right to speech. Nothing in this video was justified by the cops’ action.

Carmen

If that girl was white that officer would have never treated her so harshly. Zenkiea, you must be wearing a special pair of rose colored lenses to view the video. Please take them off and review the video. Thanks.

Camille

NAPOLEON COMPLEX

Zenkiea Hjerpe
Totally disagree Kerisha. Alisa your right on. These police were there to bring order from a chaotic situation. Some of the kids had no respect whatsoever for elder ship and for authority. Those Police were being so calm and respectful as possible to disrespectful teenagers who were mouthing off and not being compliant at all. The Girl that was pinned down was quite sassy. The Officer asked her repeatedly “You need to please go home.” She refused and pulled attitude and turned into being rebellious. Even the black older gentlemen came to the girl while she was pinned down ‘To… Read more »
Zenkiea Hjerpe
Totally disagree Kerisha. Alisa your right on. These police were there to bring order from a chaotic situation. Some of the kids had no respect whatsoever for eldership and for authority. Those Police were being so calm and respectful as possible to disrespectful teenagers who were mouthing off and not being compliant at all. The Girl that was pinned down was quite sassy. The Officer asked her repeatedly “You need to please go home.” She refused and pulled attitude and turned into being rebellious. Even the black older gentlemen came to the girl while she was pinned down ‘To calm… Read more »
FreeTea

Totally disagree Zenkiea. Are you even from the U.S.? How dare you try to justify brutalization and threats by saying “we need to be more respectful to cops.” Why? Because they respect us by beating and killing our women and children?

I don’t know if you’re misguided or a Stormfront troll, but go post your self-hating doormat logic elsewhere.

Kerisha Thomas

This will continue to happen,we need to file complaints on these officers,and file suit against these guys, not the city ,hit them in the pocket Even if you never collect a dime,put them in financial hell.Whats disturbing is the white folks feel like there the police especially that big fat pig,standing as body guard, wtf×10.

Alisa
The girl wasn’t being compliant. She resisted him, talked back, and that is why he was rough with her. When the same officer asked the young men in the beginning of the video to sit, they obeyed him and did as they were told. They didn’t get the same treatment as the girl because they were compliant. Compliance is crucial when dealing with the police. I’m not saying that the officer was right for manhandling her, nor am I saying that the girl got what she deserved. I’m saying that because of her non-compliant actions, she was treated the way… Read more »
Ebony Lakiya

Telling her to “sit” she’s a human not a dog

Antoinette Marie Cooper-Martin
Antoinette Marie Cooper-Martin

Alisa…the girl actually did WALK away from the scene. WATCH THE WHOLE VIDEO. The office actually went after HER.

Kiara
I’m so disgusted at your comment trying to put the blame on us. It’s our responsability to avoid police brutally now? Hummmm not,Maybe the police should not use excessive violence towards us. Maybe we should be treated like human beings. Maybe the african american population should not be oppressed and brutalized under any and every circomstances. Your comment sounds like some white supremacy justification for police brutallity. He was brutal and violent, just look at the video! These were unarmed teens in bathing suits against armed adult white cops! Hello! All this for a pool party! Why didn’t they just… Read more »
Carmen

Theoretically this makes sense and should be the case, but it’s not.

Tosan

You are a complete idiot to think up this trash let alone type it out. She was walking away when he went after her and grabbed her! What on earth justifies him treating her like that?
Are you even human?

AmandaBraxton
gtfo with that repectablity politics bull shit. The boys where disrespected and treated like criminals as well. Did you even watch the video? The officer was on a power trip and had no grounds for the way he treated these children and to act as if all that is required is compliance and surrendering your citizen rights is a bunch of horse shit on so many levels. I can’t believe you can sit there and be like “well she wasn’t compliant when her rights were violated and thats why” No. As soon as you start reasoning why he assaulted a… Read more »
Zenkiea Hjerpe

Disagree Amanda. The officer was not on a power trip! Those kids were told to disperse and go home a looooong time before. By staying there and mouthing off the officers saw that as being antagonistic. I do agree with Alisha. The boys were not aggressively man handled while the girl was. Why? Because they boys were being compliant and cooperative while the girl was not. All of those kids including the girl had many opportunities to get out of dodge from the situation but they decided to engage and place themselves under thumb hold of authority figures.Point said.

AmandaBraxton
did….did you even watch the video? are we all watching the same video??? the video where this officer who is “not on a power trip” enters the scene rolling and throwing children on the ground? Starts cussing at people to leave and go home? Children who are waiting or need to be picked up are rsponded with “I don’t fucking care” The same officer who pulls a gun on the kids? the same officer who doesnt just throws this little girl to the ground once but drags her by her hair and shoves her face into the dirt while placing… Read more »
mummy21

You know some people are stupid. The police officer was lucky the girl didn’t have epilepsy or asthma. Had he done that to a young sufferer like myself I’d be dead. And young children are being sat on, it’s abuse, there were no parents to safeguard the poor girl or anything. America is one RACIST, STUPID & EVIL country!

Ebony Lakiya

He should def go down for abuse of a minor! The cop acted like a thug, I honestly feel like he may of been On something, I mean he did a back flip in the beginning of the video. What a joke! And then he pulls out a gun? He’s an animal

zimzam

How was it that the policeman was lucky? He looked like he wanted to rape her there and then. Looked like she was fortunate that he didn’t.

Zenkiea Hjerpe

Disagree Mummy.

Antonia

I saw the vid and I was like what the actual “fuck”. Just because you resist arrest doesn’t mean you have to be tackled like a fucking dog, considering the fact that she wasn’t armed or anything

kalexa1
I agree. Except for the modern-day clothing and setting, this could so easily be a scene from a white slave owner rounding up the n*ggers on his plantation, while those who know it’s wrong look on in helplessness and those in agreement watch uneasily but with a sense of ‘justice’ being done as they strongly believe “these blacks need to be shown their place”. You can sense the adrenalin rush he’s on (the cop) which is the state they all seem to go in just when on the brink of killing someone as they’re so literally easily triggered – hence… Read more »
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