From: conservativetreehouse.com, by: sundance, on June 8, 2015, see the full article HERE.
This incident was all over the news last evening, it’s even been covered by The Kelly File and on Hannity’s show on Fox News channel and it’s still making the rounds this morning. It’s being highjacked by racial activists and portrayed as another Ferguson or Baltimore police brutality-based event.
That’s nothing like what really happened.
I’ve seen the primary video (the 7 minute one) several times now and it, or parts of it, are being shown over and over as an example of an out-of-control police officer attacking poor innocent black youths.
I’ll admit that the first time that I saw the video; my reaction was that the officer shouldn’t have pulled his sidearm and that he was more aggressive than was necessary. While there’s still some truth to that impression, it’s not as cut and dried as a quick viewing might indicate and as far as it being a racial incident, that’s not exactly right either.
As I live not far from McKinney (in Plano, TX), and I’m a political news junkie, I am very interested in learning the truth about the incident, so I’ve been searching and reading scores of accounts of what happened. By far, the most comprehensive one (so far) is found at conservativetreehouse.com.
That account is filled with facts; facts not in evidence in any of the other reports that I’ve seen, yet facts that have an impact on the conclusions that one must draw when weighing information from disparate sources.
The incident wasn’t a black/white thing initially at all – only afterwards has it morphed into another racially-charged event by black activists who are intentionally trying to capitalize on it as another example of “police mistreatment of blacks.”
I’ll present a selected cross section of facts that any interested party should know when trying to understand what transpired. For anyone who wants a full, objective assessment of the incident, I encourage you to visit the link and read as much as you like (there’s a lot there), including the comments.
Here are some facts about the community.
Craig Ranch is a master-planned community in North Texas. It was awarded “2014 Master-Planned Community of the Year” by the Dallas Builders Association and is located in McKinney, TX, voted the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014 by Money Magazine. According to statements made by residents, Craig Ranch is a multi-racial and diverse community and doesn’t have a record of racial problems. It is not a run-down inner city ghetto.
The Craig Ranch subdivision has a neighborhood park and a gated pool and clubhouse for residents. It is not a public pool. The pool and clubhouse is gated and a scan card is needed to gain access. The subdivision has a Homeowners Association (HOA) which regulates and controls the activities in/around the HOA swimming pool and clubhouse and has strict rules for controlling its use.
You may notice that the Amenity Rental document indicates that no facility (including the swimming pool) can be reserved solely for a private party, homeowners must always have access. You may also note that it imposes a pool party limit of 20 people and requires a security deposit and a rental use fee be paid.
The Homeowner’s Association (HOA) also publishes a newsletter which elaborated on the access card requirements for access to the pool and other amenities. The norm is for an authorized homeowner to be limited to two guests at a time.
The woman who organized the event in McKinney, Texas is named Tatiana Rhodes (or Tatyana Rhodes). She is 20.
Tatiana had been promoting a party via twitter under the hashtag name “Dime Piece Cookout” for approximately a month. She planned the event at Craig Ranch.
Tatiana lives in the sub-division with her mother Lashana Burkes. Both appear to be natives of Chicago.
Apparently Tatiana fancies herself a promoter since she is responsible for Tweeting an invitation to a “free entry” pool party and cookout. This is what started the flood of young people to the pool. They were unaware that it was an unauthorized invitation spread by social media to untold numbers of innocent attendees. It wasn’t their fault that they were there, it was Tatiana’s fault.
Here’s Tatiana expressing her respect for the Craig Ranch rules. Neither she nor her mother contacted the management people to properly schedule a pool party. Even if she had received approval for a “pool party,” the HOA limits guests to 20, not something like (according to some estimates) 100-130. However, Tatiana hired a DJ and promoted the event to include a “free entry” pool party.
This is a screen capture of her Twitter invitation to the “free pool party and cookout” on June 5th. She didn’t send it to her 20 best friends, she Tweeted it to who knows how many followers (about 100-130 showed up).
And here’s a shot of Tatiana and her mom setting up before the event. They took over part of the grounds just outside of the swimming pool and clubhouse.
However, the specific event last Friday was advertised as “free attendance” where Tatiana was passing out flyers and selling tickets for another event she was setting up for June 19.
Tatiana appears to reference herself as a “promoter” for the various parties she organizes as part of twinzzpromotions:
Her business profile says:
“want to throw a party but don’t know where to start – we do it all. Email us for models, promoters, party planners and more”.
The party on Friday was to promote “Make It Clap 2″, an event scheduled for June 19th (8pm to 1am) $5 advance Tix, $8 at event.
Tickets for MakeItClappPt.2 were being sold at the Craig Ranch party. Here’s the flyer for the June 19th event that was being promoted and handed out on Friday:
So, there’s little doubt that Tatiana (twinzzpromotions) was planning on her Twitter followers coming to Craig Ranch, to a “free” pool party, so she could sell them advance tickets to a “for profit” gig on June 19th.
In addition to friends of Tatiana Rhodes, more than 100 additional people, mostly teens, showed up as a result of the advertising promoted by Tatiana on social media. They were dropped off by the car-load as the afternoon party began.
Apparently Tatiana and her mother Lashana were unable to control the growing crowd – who came to their event at the park looking for and expecting a “pool party”.
That’s when things got out of control as the 100+ teens (and young adults) turned into a mob of partygoers and began jumping the fence to the gated pool area. Residents within the neighborhood found themselves confronting a mob of teens growing ever increasingly hostile and agitated.
A local resident shares this version of events:
This is how one homeowner in the neighborhood characterized the incident.
This version is also supported by other residents who called the police for help and were on the scene trying to get the teen mob under control.
The sub-division is culturally very diverse with multi-racial residents. All of the local community, within the rather large sub division, support the version of events as outlined above.
And here’s my final point – and it’s an important one. My initial reaction was that the officer shouldn’t have drawn his sidearm. Now, after considering the following suggestion, I’m not so sure. I’ve seen the “full” 7-minute video again (several times at real time speed) and I can see now that the officer may well have perceived a possible threat presenting itself from his 3 o’clock position by a person (dark blue t-shirt/tan shorts) taking an aggressive stance and reaching back as if to remove a gun from a left side holster. He is seeing this action in his peripheral vision and it could have easily been mistaken as the guy pulling a gun on the officer.
And here’s what the black activists do in response. They provide a script and threaten to “organize” in solidarity with the “children” who were wronged. It this incident appears to have “legs” you can bet that there will be agitators bussed in to support a full-fledged riot. That’s exactly what those activists need, more upheaval and unrest to justify their positions – like Revrund Al.
So, there you have it. The “original sin” was committed by Tatiana for Tweeting to her followers to come to a free pool party. No fault of the teens coming to the party. But then when it became apparent that they weren’t authorized to be there, they assumed it was because they were black and retaliated. When the police showed up, many of the teens would not comply with the officer’s verbal orders and thereby escalated the confrontation. If they’d just complied and sat still until the officers questioned the crowd, there wouldn’t have been a problem.
The bikini-clad girl (reputed to be 15) apparently was the most combative as she can be heard being told by the officer many times to go, yet she refused and finally pushed his patience too far.
After reconsidering the officer drawing his sidearm, I’m willing to give him a pass on that one. I do believe that he perceived a possible threat at the time. His language was excessively profane and that was not necessary – it didn’t help matters.
All in all, once things were explained, it was not nearly as bad as its been portrayed by the idiot media – and especially the black activists who were too quick to assign a racial aspect to the incident when race was only a minor point.
BTW, sorry for the haphazard formatting of these images and text – the WordPress editor just wouldn’t cooperate and I finally had to give up and let him have his way – Editor=1, Garnet92=zero.
UPDATE: The officer who pulled his gun, Corporal Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police force this afternoon (Tuesday).