FIVEO Teens; creators of police review app, respond to McKenny, Texas pool party video
June 2015 — My sister and I are 16 and 17 years old respectively and we considered our own ages when we watched the McKenny, Texas, pool party video where we saw a 14yr old teenage girl tossed to the ground. We watched in horror as the bikini clad teen had her hair pulled and was screamed at by Officer Eric Casebolt. Her face was then pushed into the ground and the officer maintained a knee in her back.
The video reinforced our fear of encounters with police officers. How does one avoid being demeaned, disenfranchised, disrespected and abused in this way? Should we no longer accept pool party invitations from our friends?
Our fear is the same fear experienced by so many young black teenagers we know and it is real. Citizens should not have to endure this sort of interaction with police officers in whom we entrust our safety. Police officers should protect and serve. I do not believe that the teenagers in that video felt protected and today we do not feel protected and safe.
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