McKinney “Pool Party” – What Happens When An Out Of Context Video Goes Viral

Pool Party Flyer put out by party organizer Tatiana Rhodes aka @KeefCakez on Twitter (image source -

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?

Pool Party Flyer put out by party organizer Tatiana Rhodes aka @KeefCakez on Twitter (image source -

Pool Party Flyer put out by party organizer Tatiana Rhodes aka @KeefCakez on Twitter (image source –

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).

Party Organizer, Tatiana Rhodes (image source -

Party Organizer, Tatiana Rhodes (image source –

Tatiana's Mom and co-organizer Lashana Burkes (image source -

Tatiana’s Mom and co-organizer Lashana Burkes (image source –











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.

Threat Assessment (image source -

Threat Assessment
(image source –

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.

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 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:

The Full Story of The McKinney Texas, Pool Mob – Inside The “Craig Ranch” Subdivision…

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Jon Britton
Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. "Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion." A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and writing zombie stories to politics and News. He is an avid "people watcher," political junkie and has a ravenous appetite for history and current events alike.

7 Comments on "McKinney “Pool Party” – What Happens When An Out Of Context Video Goes Viral"

  1. Avatar Mr C from Chicago | June 8, 2015 at 11:33 pm |

    Key point . .the children had obviously already disbursed from the pool, so the original reason for the police being called had been handled. Additionally the child whose face was stuffed into the ground was already sitting down on the ground complying with the officers’ order. As a matter of fact she was the only one sitting as ordered in the immediate area. The officer was obviously over reacting to the scene.

  2. The girl was NOT sitting on the ground, she started to leave then came back and started screaming at the cop(what is it with black chicks not being able to shut their yap?). He told her again to leave, she refused so he went to arrest her. She resisted and that is when she landed on the ground!

  3. What are you talking about Mr.C …

    Watch the whole video not just the part where the officer takes her down. She leaves and comes back three different times, and each time is running her mouth at the cop. I’m sorry but if there were my child I would be appalled by their behavior. She got everything that was coming to her.

  4. Avatar Dballer49 | June 9, 2015 at 9:38 am |

    There were 12 officers there but that one officer was the one who was over reacting..he was cursing the kids out and telling only the black kids to sit down. .the kid who was videotaping the incident was white and at one point you see the officer head towards him then pivot and and heads to more black youth to tell them to get on the ground. ..if you are trying to control the situation then why not ask all the youth to sit down or leave..not just the blacks

  5. The officer drew his weapon when the young man behind him moved his left arm towards his back pocket, (a possible threat). Officer was not telling only black kids to sit down, he sat some white kids down too. The Kids were out of control and where they were not wanted and had no right to be.

  6. Avatar cowgirldiva | June 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm |

    YES, the entire MELEE was out of context, out of sequence and biased coverage….What would you expect from the new initiate into Obama’s Civilian Army who posted it on YouTube?? Now, decisions are being made which will effect people’s lives forever based on a juvenile’s perspective and opinion..! These THUGS were out of control, noncompliant, combative, disrespectful of law enforcement and now NONE of them will have to face any charges…??? WHAT?? The only one being thrown under the bun and run over is the policeman……??? YES, folks….right is wrong and wrong is right and we have Obama and Holder and their minions to thank for the lack of civility in our society….Without civility we will have no civilization…!! Better wake up to the criminal lawlessnesss before every decent, good American family is in prison and all the criminals are in charge…We’re getting very close to that…!! Obama must be very proud of his Civilian Army….!!

  7. Avatar cowgirldiva | June 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm |

    That should have read “thrown under the BUS….!

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