Protest over pool party incident

Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Thousands of demonstrators have rallied outside a Dallas primary school in protest over a white police officer’s actions against a mostly black group of teenagers at a pool party.

Some who gathered in the Dallas suburb of McKinney held signs that included the phrases “My skin colour is not a crime” and “Don’t tread on our kids”.

A few dozen addressed the crowd through a megaphone, including Derrick Golden, a pastor from McKinney who had earlier met the city’s police chief Greg Conley.

He said Mr Conley “responded appropriately” after an officer was seen in a video pushing a 15-year-old girl to the ground and pointing his gun at other teenagers.

The officer involved, David Eric Casebolt, is on administrative leave, b ut Mr Golden said he should be sacked because of the profanities he used and the fact that he brandished his gun.

The demonstrators marched a mile from the school to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool where Friday’s incident occurred.

About a dozen counter-protesters held signs supporting police.

As the latest in a series of racially charged incidents hit the US headlines, it emerged that McKinney has been the target of lawsuits accusing the Dallas suburb and its housing authority of racially segregating public housing.

One long-running lawsuit filed in 2008 accused McKinney Housing Authority of restricting federally subsidised public housing for low-income families to older neighbourhoods east of the US 75 highway. The lawsuit pointed out that in the Dallas area, 85% of those receiving so-called Section 8 housing vouchers are African-Americans.

The 2000 census found McKinney’s east side was where 68% of the city’s black population lived, while neighbourhoods west of US 75 were 86% white.

In 2007, 2,057 of the 2,485 housing units run by landlords willing to accept federal rent subsidy vouchers were on the east side.

The lawsuit was settled with a consent decree in 2012 that aimed to open up the west side to subsidised housing.

Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by The News Editor

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