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June 07, 2015

Texas police officer placed on leave after pointing gun at unarmed black teens

Investigation underway, says McKinney police chief

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Scene at pool party where police in McKinney, Texas, were called for a disturbance.

On Sunday afternoon, McKinney police chief Greg Conley addressed local media and announced that he was committed to a "complete and thorough investigation into this incident." The officer placed on administrative leave, who was not named, will remain so until the completion of the formal investigation.

A white police officer in McKinney, Texas, has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced on Saturday showed him pointing a gun at several unarmed black teens and wrestling a 14-year-old girl to the ground.

The video shows police in McKinney, a city 30 miles northeast of Dallas, responding to a reported disturbance at a community pool on Friday. At around the three minute mark, amid a chaotic scene, one officer throws a teen to the ground and briefly pulls out his weapon.

The McKinney Police Department initially released the following statement via its Facebook page. 

On June 5, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers from the McKinney Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool. The initial call came in as a disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave. McKinney Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting.
First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation.
McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This 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.

On Sunday, McKinney police chief Greg Conley addressed local media to announce that the department is "committed to a complete and thorough investigation" into the incident. The officer placed on leave, who was not named, will remain so until the completion of the investigation.

One adult male was arrested in the disturbance and the 14-year-old girl was returned to her parents without any charges. 

The incident comes amid heightened attention to police interaction with minority communities following high profile incidents in Baltimore, New York City, Cleveland, and Ferguson, Missouri.