MCKINNEY, TX — The 15-year-old who shot the now viral McKinney pool party video is telling his side of the story to NewsFix.
“The cops showed up and the parents immediately started yelling, ‘You need more cops, there’s too many of them!’ And most of the kids weren’t even involved,” Brandon Brooks explained. “It was a fight between a mom and girl, which had nothing to do with all the other kids that she apparently needed more cops for.”
With his camera in hand, Brandon says things really got out of hand when Officer Eric Casebolt showed up, “He trips and drops his flashlight. He’s going crazy, putting people in handcuffs, tackling people, slinging them on the ground.”
So, why wasn’t Brandon handcuffed, too?
“I was one of the only white people in the area when that was happening. You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African-American friends to go sit down,” Brandon told NewsFix.
Things got really scary for the teen as he watched his 14-year-old friend being thrown to the ground.
“I think she was quote-unquote ‘running her mouth.’ And she has freedom of speech and that was very uncalled for him to throw her to the ground,” Brandon Brooks said. “When he pulled his gun, my heart dropped. As soon as he pulled out his gun, I thought he was going to shoot that kid. That was very scary.”
There are now demands from around the country to get Officer Casebolt kicked off the force. He’s currently on administrative leave and is reportedly in hiding.
Police Chief Greg Conley wants everyone to know, “The McKinney Police Department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law. We’re committed to preserving the peace and safety of our community for all of our citizens.”
But 15-year-old Brandon Brooks isn’t buying it, “They’re just going to discriminate against them because they’re black. What if that was your kid getting slung to the ground? Would you still be talking about them in the way that you are?”