Watch Texas cop point gun at unarmed black teens, push 14-year-old to the ground.

Watch Texas Cop Point Gun at Unarmed Black Teens, Push 14-Year-Old to the Ground

Watch Texas Cop Point Gun at Unarmed Black Teens, Push 14-Year-Old to the Ground

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June 7 2015 2:44 PM

Watch Texas Cop Point Gun at Unarmed Black Teens, Push 14-Year-Old to the Ground

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A police officer in McKinney, which is some 30 miles outside of Dallas, has been placed on administrative leave after a video was posted online that appears to show him being unnecessarily aggressive with a group of black teenagers. Police arrived at a community pool on Friday when several callers reported “multiple juveniles at the location, who did not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” according to the local ABC affiliate. The video that was being shot by a bystander shows one white officer in particular yelling loudly at a group of black teenagers and chasing them particularly vigorously. (Right at the beginning of the video he also does a roll for some reason.)

At the beginning of the video that one officer in particular is being aggressive with a few young black men. But the real shocking part starts at around 2:45, when the officer can be seen shoving and practically throwing a young woman wearing a two-piece bathing suit to the ground and slamming her head on the grass. When people around her object to his actions, he briefly pulls out his gun and starts pointing it at the group of clearly unarmed teenagers. “Get out of here, or you’re going to jail,” he can be heard saying at one point. The officer then proceeds to sit on her back as the girl yells out that she wants to call her mom. Witnesses tell the local CBS affiliate that the girl is 14 years old, and she refused to leave as instructed, telling the officer “they did nothing wrong.”

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The police department issued a statement saying the video “has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department. At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.”

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Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.