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A McKinney, Texas police officer has been suspended from his regular duties after footage of him handcuffing and pulling out a weapon on a group of black teenagers during a local pool party surfaced the web.
Officers were called to the a local community pool around 7:15 p.m. local time to respond to a “disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” the McKinney Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page. Other calls also advised that the teens were “actively fighting,” police said.
“First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation,” police said.
As seen in the graphic video above, the police officer was seen detaining teens and handcuffing them, before aggressively taking hold of a young girl’s hair and pinning her down to the ground. He immediately pulled out his weapon when her friends came to the rescue.
The site continues:
Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to “Section 8 [public] housing.”
The police officer has been put on administrative leave as the McKinney Police Department further investigates the situation.