As individuals in society, we must ask ourselves “When is enough?”, and why are police officers so eager to arrest black people. There is no disputing the video evidence of what took place in McKinney, Texas. The video shows police officer Eric Casebolt using excessive force on a group of black teenagers in order to subdue them. Brandon Brooks, a 15-year-old white teen who shot the video, claims there is no doubt that race played a factor.
The police officers responded to “a disturbance involving multiple juveniles at a location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave”, according to a post on the McKinney Police Department’s Facebook page.
Regardless of race, generally, a teenagers natural response is to flee when police officers arrive. This may be due to youthful defiance, or a festering distrust of cops. Regardless, they are teenagers. After corralling the teens, officer Casebolt proceeded to make use of dehumanizing tactics when addressing the teens, by ordering them to get on their knees. The black teens resisted, realizing they were the only ones being reprimanded. Perhaps, the most egregious act of all was when officer Casebolt drew his weapon at the teens and pinned a girl to the ground by using his body weight.
It should never be okay to point a gun at a 15-year-old. By all accounts of the video, she did not appear to be a threat of any kind. When pointing a gun at a teen, you are criminalizing them. It’s safe to assume that Trayvon Martin and many other blacks that have been gunned down have been criminalized many times before their dying days. The cycle of criminalization starts at an early age for some, especially when a two-year-old is called a thug and other slanderous/derogatory terms. Blacks should be afforded the opportunity to mess up in life, especially in their early stages.
It seems as if micro-aggression has reached new heights in America. A black person cannot exercise one’s civil liberties without being accosted by police officers, and an open dialogue between white figures of authority and blacks is merely non existent. What has taken place in McKinney, Texas is a microcosm of what blacks face far too often.