No more pool parties for McKinney

Corporal Eric Casebolt sits atop a young girl at the McKinney pool party. Photo Credit: Heavy.com

I won’t even begin to list some of the things I got into as a teenager. Suffice to say that if you were ever a teenager then that list is likely familiar to you. Or at least some of it. Because some of those things on that list, man…

Anyway.

So About the McKinney pool party. Whenever I start to comment on these sorts of incidents  (and there are simply too many with many more to come, trust me)  I usually like to start off by pointing out that I wasn’t there. Doesn’t mean I can’t escape the nagging feeling that something doesn’t quite make sense about a police officer drawing his gun on a bunch of kids at a pool party, kids who weren’t exactly in what I’d call attack mode (from what I could see), but I figure it’s only fair in certain situations to point out the obvious. And the obvious thing right here is that I only know what I saw on that video and the various accounts I read from  various sources online. Judging by that, however, there’s no doubt that something doesn’t quite add up to anywhere near believable for those who insist that Corporal Eric Casebolt, who had his knee in a young girl’s back, was protecting the community.

From what?

But just for the hell of it, let’s give Casebolt the benefit of the doubt. Let’s do our best to factor in the unknown, to try and imagine what could have happened off camera – or pre-camera – that would legitimize a grown man forcing a young girl to shove her face into the ground after he pulled his gun on a crowd of teenagers. And then to shove his knee into her back while cursing at all these kids. Who were in swimsuits.

See, there’s that. The swimsuit thing. Because if you look at the swimming outfit worn by the young girl with her face shoved into the ground it’s hard to imagine where she might be hiding a weapon of any kind. And it’s not like she was a weightlifting Hulk-style teen, right? Just an average-sized kid. Same for the other kids, most of whom also appeared to be wearing pool party-type attire. So then where was the threat? Where was that singular alarming event that made Corporal Casebolt fear for his life to the point where he had to resort to deadly force? Against teenage kids? In swimsuits? In the suburbs?

When I was a child, I behaved as a child, and most of the adults recognized that fact and knew how to deal with it. Right quick and in a hurry, as we used to say. Whatever these kids were doing in McKinney, and however ‘out of control’ they supposedly were, it can’t possibly be compared to what happens all the time after countless college football games when the home team loses. Or wins. Or whatever excuse those kids can roll out to justify turning over cars and setting fire to shit. And then walk away without a knee in the back.

Or maybe I should say that, at least so far, there has yet to be any evidence presented of these kids doing anything beyond what kids do. Did they exhibit a rebellious streak? If they didn’t then they weren’t kids, they were adult pranksters wearing kid bodies. Because most kids? They rebel. They question. They can’t stand still for stuff they don’t understand. They voice their anger immediately, sometimes inappropriately. And they do it out loud.

So no. I wasn’t there. And I’m sure there was lots I didn’t see. But I was a kid once. And if I had been a kid at that pool party? I just hope I wouldn’t have ended up dead. Because just like them, I was a black kid.

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