Video showing police officers targeting black teens after breaking up a pool party in a suburban Texas neighborhood has shocked many Americans – but, predictably, it has rallied racists in defense of cops.
Cpl. Eric Casebolt of McKinney police has been suspended after video shot by a bystander clearly shows him chasing teenagers with a gun and kneeling on a bikini-clad girl’s back after responding to a complaint about a fight at a public pool.
Conservative media hedged, suggesting viewers should be skeptical of what their lying eyes might tell them.
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) June 8, 2015
That wasn’t enough for some Fox News fans.
- Party host: Racist white people started McKinney melee before calling police on black kids
- Neighbors defend Texas cop who assaulted a girl and aimed his gun at a children’s pool party
- ‘No!’: CNN host gasps as guest claims pool party kids planned to ‘jump’ cop and deserved gun threat
Twitter cop apologists said the teens – many of whom live in the neighborhood and were invited to a cookout by residents – got what they deserved and blamed their parents.
— Sheryl (@sav01) June 8, 2015
The situation in #McKinney would not have escalated to what it did, if everyone would have done what they were told to do by authorities.
— Kendall Juneau (@_kenjune_) June 8, 2015
Twitter racists suggested the black teens needed a white lady to yell at them or perhaps beat them with a wooden paddle.
@AmandaAnnKlein how many CHILDREN need to LEARN better behavior, &keep their mouth SHUT in SCHOOL & IN the presence of LAW, watch Judge Judy
— Greg powder hound (@gdaKatz) June 8, 2015
Police apologists, as always, urged patience instead of alarm.
— Ken Fryer (@kenfryer) June 8, 2015
Conservatives go to great lengths to defend gun rights – well, most of the time, at least.
— Notorious J.I.G. (@Go_Los) June 8, 2015
No matter how bad any given race-related news story is, Twitter racists will always say things are worse in cities they view as stereotypically black.
— Michael Bailey (@mikelbtko) June 8, 2015
Some Twitter users passed on racial stereotypes in weird attempts at humor.
Tatiana Rose, who lives in the neighborhood, said she and her siblings invited some friends to a cookout that was broken up by racist white neighbors who told them to return to Section 8 housing – just like this Twitter user.
#McKinney IF IT IS NOT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU CAN NOT USE THE POOL….. THIS IS NOT A SECTION 8 PUBLIC POOL. that simple.
— OKC.RealityChek (@RealityCheckOKC) June 8, 2015
Of course, some white people – even now – simply don’t want to swim in the same water with black people.