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Pool Party Video Maker Speaks Out

Pool Party Video Maker Speaks Out

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When Brandon Brooks headed for a pool party in McKinney Texas, he wasn’t expecting to make a video that would go viral. It was just a party that a girl from his school had to celebrate the end of the school year. But things got out of hand when a white woman yelled at one of the teens to “return to her section 8 housing where she belonged” even though the girl was a resident of the neighborhood where the pool party was being held. That racist comment sparked a fight, and police were called in. Brooks began running his phone’s video camera that resulted in the pool party video when one officer began acting in a brutal manner to the other kids at the party.

Pool Party Video Goes Viral

In an interview Brooks explains that he felt something had gone wrong very quickly. He was shooting video when Cpl. Eric Casebolt manhandled a black teen girl and pinned her to the ground as she cried out for her mother. That officer is now on leave pending further investigation. Brooks noted that the other officers at the scene were all cool and calm and very professional.

Racial Tension Grows

But without Brooks pool party video the entire incident would have probably been reduced to a “he said, she said” kind of police report. Instead the video went viral and brought to the surface the racial tension that has been simmering in towns like McKinney for decades. In the end it was a video shot by a 15 year old boy that made the town look more closely at their own attitudes, and the attitudes of those around them.

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