When Miles Jai Thomas arrived at a teen birthday party Friday at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas, the gates were open to everyone, he tells The Huffington Post.
A security guard then showed up and began removing Black partygoers from the area, and making up rules to block their re-entrance to the pool, Thomas, 15, told the site.
Then a White woman at the pool started making racist comments, Thomas tells the news outlet, including “telling Black teens at the party to get used to the bars outside the pool because that’s all they were going to see,” the report says.
Police were called and what happened next was captured on a viral video that has reignited complaints about abusive behavior by White officers against Black youth — this time against boys and girls. In particular, a White officer was recorded aggressively tackling a female teen in a bathing suit, holding her face down to the ground, and drawing a weapon on the apparently peaceful teens.
As a result, the unnamed officer has been suspended from his regular duties thanks to footage of him handcuffing and pulling out a weapon at the party in a middle-class community of single-family homes with manicured lawns. The suburban community was developed by David Craig, the son of a retired Air Force colonel, according to the development’s website.
Grace Stone, 14, who is white, told BuzzFeed News that she and friends objected to an adult woman making racist comments to other teens at the party and that the woman turned violent.
This is when, according to Thomas, a 19-year-old black woman told the belligerent white woman to stop fighting with the teenagers. The white woman called the black woman a “young bitch,” then walked up to her. After the young woman said her age out loud, the older woman punched her in the face. Another unidentified white woman jumped in as well before Thomas, who was recording the incident, and his friends went to break it up.
It was after this incident that the cops showed up and “started cursing and yelling at us,” Thomas said. He described an officer manhandling a young girl…
Thomas’ retelling of the story is supported by that of the party’s host, Tatiana Rhodes, 19, who explained on a YouTube video that the event turned sour when a woman began hurling racial slurs at her friends.
Officers were called to the a local community pool around 7:15 p.m. local time to respond to a “disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” the McKinney Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page. Other calls also advised that the teens were “actively fighting,” police said.
“First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation,” police said.
Thank goodness for cell phone cameras, which continue to help expose racism and reveal today’s Jim Crow policing tactics.