As I watched the shocking video of a cop slamming a teen to the ground at a Texas pool party, my mouth just dropped open in horror — how is this the world we live in?
Police brutality has been a controversial topic for years now, but after this new, and frankly unbearable-to-watch, video of a Texas teen being tossed around violently by police surfaced on the web, the question is more important than ever — are police getting way too violent?
In case you missed it, a disturbing video of a McKinney, Texas police officer violently throwing a 14-year-old girl surfaced online on June 6. A bunch of black teenagers attended a pool party in a neighborhood that they didn’t live in. Some adults at the pool started to make racist comments, telling the black children to leave the area and return to “Section 8 [public] housing,” a teen who was at the party told BuzzFeed News.
Another teen said she and her friends objected to the racist comments about public housing and an adult woman then became violent. That’s when the cops were called and you can see exactly what happened from then on in the video above. You can see the enraged officer violently wrestling the teenage girl to the ground, pushing her head down and then sitting on top of her.
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time a situation as shocking as this has occurred in terms of police brutality. In many cases, such a Michael Brown‘s, the victim ended up being killed by the cops. Michael got into an altercation with a Ferguson police officer in August of 2014. The interaction ended with the UNARMED 18-year-old being shot a total of 12 times. His death sparked many riots, questions and concerned surrounding police brutality.
Another recent incident was that of Freddie Grey. After being tased and violently transported in a police van, Freddie fell into a coma and died a week later from a spinal cord injury. The young man was originally arrested for possessing an illegal switchblade and at the time of his arrest, requested medical attention, which was not immediately granted by police.
The most recent video of the cop slamming the Texas teen to the ground is just further evidence to support the claim that police have become way too violent and something needs to be done. HollywoodLifers, let us know your opinion on the matter in the comments below.
— Shira Benozilio