A Texas police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced that showed him throwing a bathing-suit clad girl to the ground and drawing a gun on a pair of teens at a pool party disturbance, officials said Sunday.
“This video has raised concerns that are being investigated,” the police department in McKinney, a city about 30 miles north of Dallas, said on Sunday.
The incident occurred Friday and raised questions on social media about racial bias in policing since most of the people targeted by the officer, who appears in the video to be white, were black teens in a multi-race crowd.
In the video, the officer, who has not been named, is seen shouting obscenities at the teens and placing multiple black youths in handcuffs.
McKinney Police said officers were responding to a disturbance reported at a pool that is part of a residential community and many in the crowd refused to leave.
Witnesses told CBS11 News a fight broke out between adults and a group of black teens. BuzzFeed News reports witnesses saying racist comments were uttered by adults toward the teens leading up to the conflict.