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Did the McKinney, Texas, officer who pulled a gun on teens at a pool party go too far?

  • Texas Officer Steps Over the Line in Pointing Gun on Unarmed Teens

    The McKinney police officer who pulled a gun on unarmed teenagers during a situation yesterday should face charges. The officer was caught on video attempting to control a crowd of unarmed teenagers, and subsequently pulled his gun when they would not obey his command to cross to the other side of the street. This could have ended violently, with unarmed children hurt or killed, needlessly.
    That basically says it all.

  • Texas Officer Steps Over the Line in Pointing Gun on Unarmed Teens

    The McKinney police officer who pulled a gun on unarmed teenagers during a situation yesterday should face charges. The officer was caught on video attempting to control a crowd of unarmed teenagers, and subsequently pulled his gun when they would not obey his command to cross to the other side of the street. This could have ended violently, with unarmed children hurt or killed, needlessly.

  • I believe the police officer definitely went too far

    It seems like there are too many cases of police officers responding with excessive force, and this is one of them. In cases like this, police officers use their weapons as a tool to frighten rather than to protect lives. Unless there are lives in danger, there is no need to respond with deadly weaponry. Also, there is never a reason for officers to escalate a situation rather than attempt to diffuse it. I believe this officer allowed his ego and emotion to get in the way of good judgment, and he was definitely out of line.

  • Yes, the officer went too far in brandishing his service weapon against teenagers.

    The conduct of this police officer was deplorable. It was disrespectful, outwardly cruel, and excessively forceful even before the weapon was drawn. His behavior spoke to contempt for those children, not genuine fear for his own safety. This man should be ashamed of the conduct he displayed under authority of law. That type of force should only be employed when an officer feels there is a genuine threat to him or herself and the public. Terrified teenagers do not constitute a genuine threat.

  • Don't abuse power

    Officers today are under a major microscope for things that they are doing. I know they are trying to protect themselves and can never be to careful. But the cop did not do the right thing, by pulling out a gun. He should have giving warning of force if anything but should have never pulled out a gun against a bunch of teens.

  • Cops are people and mess up too.

    The cop was in a difficult position, he had an unruly person in custody who wouldn't obey him. Then he has two people that come up behind him and he doesn't know what they're going to, therefore he pulls out his gun because he is fearing for his safety, and points it at them so they don't do anything stupid. That and before he was called to that pool party he talked someone out of committing suicide so he's already emotionally spent for the day. So the combination of all those things would've gotten anyone into a bad spot. That and cops aren't superheros, they are people and make mistakes. Sure they have training, but training doesn't guarantee they won't mess up. Also, if you've done one of the programs the police department offers to let you know how police training works, you would know that you really can't do much until you've shouted a bunch of stuff that you'll probably forget when the situation actually happens. Until you're in the cops shoes, you can't really dictate whats wrong and whats right.


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