NOW finally speaks out on McKinney Texas Police Incident

NOW finally spoke about the police incident in McKinney Texas. Many in the black community wondered if they would speak out on this issue.

NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls for Immediate Dismissal of the Police Officer and Full Investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
06.09.2015

Washington, D.C. – We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Tex., of a white police officer pushing a 15-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action. If the girl had been white, would she have received the same treatment from the white police officers on the scene?
Would the white police officer involved have even considered pulling a white teenage girl by the hair while screaming “ON YOUR FACE!” and then sitting on top of her while she cries, “call my mother”? Would the white police officers have responded to a similar incident involving unarmed white teenagers at a community pool by an outrageous use of violence and intimidation: brandishing weapons, placing the teens in handcuffs, and verbally and physically abusing them?
Placing the officer on administrative leave is an insufficient response, particularly in light of the fact that this police department has a history of racial tension. NOW calls for the immediate firing of the police officer who committed the abuse, and immediate leave without pay for the officers who abetted him. In addition, NOW calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the conduct of the McKinney, Texas police department. We can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that seems to have become a hallmark of too many police departments across our nation. Black girls’ lives matter.

Contact
Elise Coletta , elise@now.org , (951) 547-1241
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  • elogam  On June 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    So, with no further evidence, it’s got to be racial, right? Talk about having a “Don’t bore me with facts” attitude. How about we have an UNBIASED look at the process, we leave our prejudices at the door and allow for a through investigation. Yes it’s possible for a white cop to arrest a black suspect and it not be racial. Yes it’s possible for a male to arrest a female and it not be sexist. Calling for the immediate dismissal of this officer (who has since resigned, btw) and the suspension without pay of people before all the facts have been gathered smacks of bias. It’s an issue of “give ’em a fair trial before you take ’em out and hang ’em!”

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