It has only been a couple of days since the news broke about the video of a McKinney Police Officer and a teenage mob at a private community pool – Pool Party Rampage. As is usually the case, the video went viral, people made snap judgments without context or experience in what they were seeing and now McKinney Texas is the focus of the latest manufactured “racially motivated” police incident. What led up to the police being called? What has happened in the aftermath? A lot that is NOT being reported.
How did it all start?
The woman who organized the event in McKinney, TX is 20 yr. old Tatiana Rhodes. Tatiana had been promoting the party via twitter under the hashtag name “Dime Piece Cookout” for approximately a month. She planned the event in the “Craig Ranch” subdivision located in McKinney, TX. She has since been “scrubbing” her social media accounts, but not before these images were captured. Neither Tatiana Rhodes nor her mother sought permission to use the pool or clubhouse area as part of the event according to the HOA. However, Tatiana hired a DJ and promoted the event to include a pool party: There are numerous social media links reflecting that Tatiana organizes these “parties” and charges for attendance as a business.
Tatiana (pictured below left) DOES LIVE in the sub-division with her mother Lashana Burkes (pictured right).
The Craig Ranch subdivision has a neighborhood park and a gated pool and clubhouse for residents. The pool and clubhouse is gated and a scan card is needed to gain access. They have a Homeowners Association (HOA) which regulates and controls the activities in/around the HOA swimming pool and clubhouse and has strict rules for use.
“A facility [like the pool and clubhouse] can not be reserved for private parties only. If you wish to have a POOL PARTY, it must be limited to 20 people. The fees will be the $175.00 refundable Security Damage Deposit and $50.00 Rental Use Fee.
In addition to HOA rules the local community has a resident magazine which provides information to Craig Ranch residents on events and reminders of activities. One of the recent articles covered the use of the recreational facilities to include the pool and clubhouse.
So, what happened? Tatiana Rhodes and DJ REIGN promoted this as a pool party without having access to the pool. This led to unhappy guests, unhappy residents and a rash of juvenile behavior that resulted in the police being called. Part of what prompted the police call was Tatiana herself, aka @KeefCakez on Twitter, getting into this altercation with one of the other community residents.
Tatiana alleges that the altercation started over racial slurs, but that does not appear on the video. Of course all of the rhetoric and vitriol are aimed at Officer Casebolt’s actions, especially the drawing of his weapon. This frame by frame analysis has since been posted to give people an idea of what caused that reaction. Police are highly trained to recognize and assess threats, as he detained the young woman in the video several people ran up on him. The gentleman behind him was the focus of his threat assessment as this graphic shows.
Of course the officer has also been criticized for the rough treatment of the young woman, who was repeatedly told to leave the area and after ignoring the officer and taunting the officer, she resisted when he tried to detain her. Here is just a sample of the atmosphere the officer was dealing with at the time.
No sense👋🏽😴 pic.twitter.com/gfaaYKoQo7
— ~ʝᾰε (@Jxyzz4Life) June 6, 2015
In the aftermath of all of this, Officer Casebolt has been suspended pending investigation. #BlackLivesMatter has begun circulating a script for people to call in and express their outrage towards Officer Casebolt, residents of Craig Ranch have come out in support of the officers who responded that day and several residents have reported receiving death threats as a result of the viral video. Local officials and “black leaders” have deemed the incident “racially motivated” while also claiming to know nothing of the background of the events that day outside the video.
I would like to thank TheConservativeTreehouse.com for compiling all of this information and much, much more. If you want to see more of the videos, tweets and background information on this “pool party incident” check out: