Officer pulls gun on black teenagers at Texas pool party
Published 08/06/2015 | 12:40
A police officer in Texas has been suspended after he was filmed drawing his gun at a group of black teenagers at a pool party before pinning a 14-year-old girl to the ground.
The video comes amid heightened tensions in some of America's black communities over claims of police brutality.
The white police officer has taken off duty after he drew a gun at a pool party and was videoed throwing a 14-year-old black girl in a bikini to the ground.
Corporal Eric Casebolt can be seen pulling the girl's hair and pinning her down for several minutes, shouting "On your face" as he shoved her head into the grass.
He also pulled his gun and pointed it at two black teenage boys before other officers intervened and the youngsters ran away.
The officer also swore and appeared to handcuff at random several black youngsters who protested they had just arrived at the pool party.
The incident took place at a residential community in McKinney, 40 miles from Dallas.
A dozen police officers had responded to reports that teenagers not from the residential community, who therefore did not have permission to use the pool, had refused to leave.