The confrontation with police at a community pool in McKinney Texas on Friday began with a verbal argument between white pool-goers and black pool party attendees, according to Tatiana Rhodes and her mother, Lashauna Burks, the hosts of the pool party.
Burks told the Huffington Post on Monday that she was supervising a pool party for her 19-year-old daughter to celebrate the end of school. She left for a moment to get more supplies, and returned to an argument between two white women and numerous party guests.
“When I left, a 14-year-old girl named Grace had gotten into an argument with two caucasian women,” Burks said. “My daughter came to me and said that the security guard told all the African American people to leave.”
Rhodes (pictured above), who lives in the Craig Ranch neighborhood where the pool was located, recounted what happened at the party in a video posted online by a photojournalist on Sunday.
“This lady was saying racial slurs to some friends that came to the cookout,” she said. “She was saying things such as ‘you black f****r’ and ‘that’s why you live in Section 8 homes.'”
Rhodes said that Grace “stuck up for us, saying, ‘that’s not right, you shouldn’t do that, that’s racist.'” And the women began “verbally abusing” Grace, who is white, and told her to “go back where you’re from,” according to Rhodes.
When Rhodes jumped in to defend Grace, Rhodes says one of the women hit her in the face and then both women “attacked” her.
Another witness to the altercation said that a white woman called a black woman a “young bitch” and later punched the black 19-year-old in the face. The partygoer who witnessed that altercation, Miles Jai Thomas, recorded part of the physical altercation on his phone.
Police then responded to a “disturbance involving multiple juveniles,” though it’s not clear who called with a complaint. A video shows McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt slamming a young, black, teenage girl wearing a bikini to the ground and drawing his gun to chase other black teens away from the area. Casebolt was placed on administrative leave following the incident, and numerous groups are calling for his resignation.
“The worst thing was the cop, he was ballistic,” Burks told the Huffington Post. “He shouldn’t have had use that much force or aggression to the situation. He was unruly and outrageous.”
Watch the video interview with Rhodes and Burks below: