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.
appears http://t.co/FxIn6ryYMH— Simon Maloy (@Simon Maloy)1433769866.0
That wasn’t enough for some Fox News fans.
Y doesn't @FoxNews rpt that the teens were trespassing & disturbing the peace prior to the police arriving or Interview residents? #McKinney— Doctor President-Elect ZaffoZaza (@Doctor President-Elect ZaffoZaza)1433770639.0
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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.
@YerboutiSheik I'm really tired of out of control kids. I blame the parents...or lack of parenting. #McKinney— Sheryl #rescue #loveofcountry (@Sheryl #rescue #loveofcountry)1433770757.0
Where were the parents? #McKinney #McKinneyPolice— John E. Keener (@John E. Keener)1433770572.0
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 (@Greg powder hound)1433772183.0
Trespassing, fighting, & disrespecting adults....it wasn't the cops that made me behave. #tcot #McKinney http://t.co/Zc4QlJhJnQ— Fred Wimpy (@Fred Wimpy)1433772249.0
Police apologists, as always, urged patience instead of alarm.
Once again a clip taken out of context to suit the media narrative and to cause more moral outrage #McKinney— Jordansson (@Jordansson)1433770786.0
Conservatives go to great lengths to defend gun rights – well, most of the time, at least.
Leave. lmao RT @AKreddy3 gotta hear both sides. that 14-yo girl could have had an AR-15 tucked in her bikini you never know #McKinney— Haystack West 🤠 (@Haystack West 🤠)1433770549.0
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.
Give me #mckinney over any #liberal city. At least the kids feel safe to go to a pool party and fight #chicago #baltimore— jakdogg (@jakdogg)1433769453.0
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.
Of course, some white people – even now – simply don’t want to swim in the same water with black people.