Teenagers have come forward to share their stories about what happened when police in Texas were filmed breaking up a pool party thrown by black teenagers on Friday night.
A 15-year-old who went to the end of exams celebration told Buzzfeed that some of the teenagers had guest passes for the community pool and others jumped the fence.
“I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighbourhood were in the pool,” said Brandon Brooks, who is white.
Fifteen year-old Miles Jai Thomas, who is black, told the Huffington Post that when he arrived at the pool on Friday night the area was open to everyone - until a security guard started to remove the black people at the party.
“Then he started making up rules to keep us out,” he said.
At the same time, an unidentified white woman is said to have started making comments to the teenagers about getting used to seeing the bars on the other side of the pool and to go back to public housing.
Thomas said that the woman was asked to stop making the racist comments by both black and white partygoers. The woman apparently then punched one of the teenage girls in the face and another unidentified woman joined in before the police showed up "cursing and yelling at us."
In particular, a video of one officer throwing a girl to the ground, pushing her face into the grass while he handcuffs her and then threatening two boys who try to intervene with his gun has caused an outcry.
"So a cop grabbed her arm and flipped her to the ground after she and him were arguing about him cursing at us,” Thomas said.
When two teens moved towards the girl to help, they were accused of trying to attack the officer, as shown in the video above.
So a cop yelled 'get those motherf--ers' and they chased [us] with guns out. That's why in the video I started running... I was scared because all I could think was, 'Don't shoot me.'
The McKinney police department said in a post on their Facebook page that it had been called at around 7.15pm on Friday to respond to a "disturbance" involving several minors "who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave.”
Buzzfeed reports that one arrest was made after the incident and that the cop filmed aggressively handcuffing the girl has been placed on administrative leave.