If you didn’t see this over the weekend, a video came out that shows police in Texas terrorizing black kids at a pool party where some kind of fight had broken out. Be warned that the video is seriously disturbing. This was posted to the Salad Bowl and shared to GT yesterday, but it’s since fallen off of the front page, and I think it’s important that people who haven’t seen it already are aware.
The story has been published on the Gawker main page (it was posted on Jezebel, too) and the comment section is brimming with racist trolls, so I’ve been mostly staying away.
A key point that I haven’t seen mentioned much is how the whole thing began, according to some of the kids (from the original BuzzFeed story):
Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to “Section 8 [public] housing.”
Brooks, the 15-year-old who shot the YouTube video, told BuzzFeed News many students had arrived at the end-of-school celebration at the pool on guest passes. Some had also jumped over the fence.
“I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,” said Brooks, who is white.
Grace Stone, a white 14-year-old, told BuzzFeed News that when she and her friends objected to the racist comments about public housing an adult woman then became violent.
Commenter Milk Shakin’ Daft Bollocks etc brought this interview to my attention, too: