What’s Happening: Another Viral Video of Police Misconduct
McKinney, Texas, became the latest American town embroiled in controversy over police misconduct and race. This time, a viral video of a confrontation outside of a pool party is drawing intense scrutiny.
What happened?: On Saturday, police responded to a call about teenagers who had reportedly gathered at a community pool without permission and refused to leave. As the officers arrived on the scene, one police corporal, who is white, was seen slamming a young teenager in a bikini, who is black, to the ground in the video. The officer, who also drew his weapon on some bystanders, was placed on administrative leave on Sunday.
Condemnations: In a statement calling for an investigation, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said, "These teens appeared to be simply attending a pool party and deserved respectful treatment under the law." The father of another girl who appeared to be struck in the video called for the officer to be fired.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Kalief Browder was an individual, which is to say he was a being with his own passions, his own particular joys, his own strange demons, his own flaws, his own eyes, his own mouth, his own original hands. His family had their own particular stories of him. His friends must remember him in their own original way. The senseless destruction of this individual must necessarily be laid at the feet of the citizens of New York, because it was done by our servants, and it was done in our name.”
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- Deepak Singh: “In India, people—especially when they are your elders, relatives, or close friends—tend to feel that by thanking them, you’re violating your intimacy with them and creating formality and distance that shouldn’t exist.”