If you haven’t seen the very viral story of a Texas pool party gone awry — know that it has left many outraged and confused. There have been many questions popping up: What really happened? Who’s party was it? Who invited so many kids to a pool on gated community grounds?
According to CNN law enforcement analyst Cedric Alexander cautioned that one video doesn’t tell an entire story. He said officers were likely dealing with a lot of teenagers running around and not obeying basic orders to disperse.
“I thought the kids were not compliant whatsoever,” said Alexander, who is the public safety director of DeKalb County, Georgia.
“That in itself is a problem. Those kids attempted to overtalk the police.”
Alexander said he would not “demonize” or second-guess the McKinney officers based on the video.
Jennilynn Jay (posted on Latina.com’s Facebook) attempts to dispel ignorance by a copy-and-paste from one witness’ account of the pool party. This is what she posted:
“Since the news stations are not reporting both sides of the story here is something from someone who was actually there:
Posting Facebook details from a person who witnessed the events in McKinney: Michael Cory Quattrin
Facebook friends and family – PLEASE HELP! That (now viral) video of the officer in McKinney subduing a girl in a bathing suit was in OUR neighborhood. The situation was NOT what is being reported…
A DJ setup in a public space next to the private pool in our neighborhood on Friday and played loud explicit (F-bomb) music for multiple hours (it is unclear if he was invited by a resident as no one has claimed responsibility). The teenagers (both black and white) were being brought into our neighborhood by the carload because the DJ was tweeting out invites to a “pool party” for $15 (obviously unauthorized by our neighborhood). The teens began fighting with each other and pushing their way into our private pool. Some were jumping our fence. The security guard was accosted when he tried to stop the beginnings of this mob scene. Some residents who live around the park/pool area tried to come out and settle things down. The teens started yelling racial slurs at our neighbors and started assaulting people and property (throwing bottles at cars and attacking a mother at the pool with 3 young children). The first officer on the scene was by himself. At that time, the party had grown to a large, aggressive crowd. As the officer arrived, many teens started running through our neighborhood. Many of the teens were being very aggressive and yelling at the officers as more arrived.
This was a very dangerous situation for the officers AND the teens/residents not involved. The news media has refused to hear the neighborhood’s side of this story. The video being distributed is only a very small segment of what happened. This information being distributed by the media and others is extremely distorted and in some cases outright lies.
PLEASE HELP US STOP THE BROADCASTING OF THIS IGNORANCE. The media is trying to make it look like our neighborhood is a white’s only, racist area. Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in our area knows this is an outright LIE.
The unfortunate result is that our neighbors are now being threatened. We have also had cars and property in and around the park area vandalized this weekend. Unfortunately, the press and social media are trying to enflame the situation.
I am asking for your help for my family and my neighbor’s safety…PLEASE, PLEASE do not rebroadcast any of these lies.”
But, Tatiana, 19-year-old pool party host, paints a different picture in a recent YouTube video.
Tatiana says in the video her family was hosting a cookout for friends in the Dallas suburb when a white woman used racial slurs against them. Tensions soon rose when a 14-year-old family friend defended the host, calling the remarks racist. A white woman then, says Tatiana, told her “you need to go back to where you’re from.”
She claims that the confrontation quickly became physical before police arrived on the scene, when a woman allegedly slapped her.
What are your thoughts?