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Last week, a disturbing video surfaced of a white police officer brutalizing black teens in McKinney, Texas while breaking up a neighborhood pool party.
As the video went viral and made headlines nationwide, Cpl. Eric Casebolt was suspended over the footage, which captured him chasing unarmed, nonthreatening teens with a gun and brutally slamming a petite bikini-clad girl to the ground before kneeling on her back with his full body weight.
Despite how clear-cut the footage was in capturing the McKinney police using racially-charged excessive force, conservative media did what it could to protect the white cops, and several racist Twitter users followed suit. And who better than Fox News to lead the way? The right-wing media channel reported the story, but implied that viewers should be skeptical of the video’s footage:
Yahoo! News was also an unexpected offender.
Many Twitter users defended the cops, stating that the teens deserved to be brutalized and criticized the lack of parental guidance for the teens’ behavior – very reminiscent of racist reactions seen in Ferguson when Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson.
Some users even had to audacity to mock the incident and perpetuate racial stereotypes to make light of the horrendous situation.
These comments are disgusting representations of the segregation and racism that still prevails in America. The sad thing is, if this incident hadn’t been recorded (by a white person, who the police ignored), those teens would have gotten records – which would have impacted the rest of their lives, damaging their college and job applications. Systemic racism is no joke.
Anyone who is still in doubt about police brutality’s connection with race needs to see this tweet, which compares the police reaction to the black teens in McKinney, Texas (who were unarmed and hadn’t killed anyone) and the police reaction to a mob of grown gun-toting white bikers in Waco, Texas – where 9 people were killed:
Being black in America shouldn’t be a death sentence, and it shouldn’t be a reason to be targeted, mistreated and brutalized like it was in McKinney. This incident was completely about race – and there continues to be a disturbing world of a difference in the way white people and black people are treated. Comparing the 14-year-old girl who was brutalized by Cpl. Eric Casebolt in McKinney to how serial child molester Josh Duggar has been treated by the media, this tweet says it all: