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Texas Cop Placed On Leave After Video Shows Him Pulling Weapon On Teens At A Pool Party

Video from a disturbance call in McKinney, Texas, adds fuel to the ongoing issue of police brutality.

On Friday (June 5) evening, police from the McKinney Police Department near Dallas, Texas, responded to a disturbance call about an end-of-the-year celebration at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool, involving "multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave. "

But a 7-minute video taken at the scene and uploaded yesterday by 15-year-old Brandon Brooks paints a very upsetting picture of just how the officers on the scene chose to respond to the situation.

“A fight between a mom and a girl broke out and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn't do anything,” Brooks’ Youtube description reads. “So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason. This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders.”

The footage (Warning: the video is disturbing) also shows police running after and handcuffing teenagers who attended the party, and culminates in one officer grabbing a 14-year-old girl by the neck, slamming her face into the ground, and drawing his weapon on other teens at the scene who attempt to aid the girl.

Witnesses at the party told Buzzfeed News that the initial fight broke out when white neighbors of the pool began harassing the kids attending the party, many of whom were there on guest passes. Reportedly one adult even told the kids to go back to their “Section 8 [public] housing.”

“Everyone who was getting put on the ground was black, Mexican, Arabic,” Brooks, who is white, also told Buzzfeed News, adding that the cop never looked at him. “It was kind of like I was invisible.”

The McKinney Police Department responded to the video in a Facebook post earlier today, noting that it has "raised concerns that are being investigated" by the department and that “one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.”

Both Chief of Police Greg Conley and McKinney mayor Mayor Brian Loughmiller both commented on the incident as well. Conley is "committed to a complete and thorough investigation of this incident," he said at a formal press conference, and in a statement Loughmiller remarked that he is "disturbed and concerned" by the actions depicted in the video.

Critics of the McKinney Police Department's actions have also cited this video in the ongoing conversation about police brutality against young black people in the United States.