The McKinney pool party: What happens when fear meets force

If you’re not disgusted, you’re not paying attention.


On Sunday night, the blacker sides of Tumblr and Twitter began posting upsetting screengrabs from a disturbing video taken from a June 7th pool party in McKinnley, Texas.  The video – taken after a poolside argument between neighbors escalated from a shouting match into a physical fight — depicted a white police officer chasing and berating groups of black teenagers before grabbing a bikini-clad African-American girl, slamming her to the ground, and sitting on top of her.

The images of brutality toward the mostly peaceful crowd of teens would disturb anyone in possession of a working moral compass. But the real punch to the gut was a different video that outlined what sparked the confrontation in the first place:

The video is a testimony from the host of the pool party, 19-year-old Tatiana Rhodes, in which she describes being smacked in the face by a neighbor named Kate. Watching the…

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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