It appears as though some police officers in Fairfield, Ohio saw the video of the outrageous actions of Corporal Eric Casebolt at the infamous McKinney pool party and decided: Gee, that looks like fun.
Newly released footage of a June 9 incident shows officers pepper spraying one child, ramming another 12-year-old girl face first into a police car, grabbing a girl by the neck, pinning a pregnant woman against a metal gate and generally acting like they wish they could have helped out in McKinney.
The cause of the officers’ concern?
Krystal Dixon brought eight children to Fairfield Aquatic Center, a tax-funded facility, last Tuesday, but was told the one boy could not swim without a proper bathing suit. He was wearing basketball shorts instead, which apparently is a major faux pas in Ohio.
When Dixon left to get the bathing suit, the boy broke the rules by swimming in those shorts. When Dixon came back, she was told she had to take all the kids home because they had become unruly.
And no, she could not have her $48 refund.
It was at this point that officers at the pool decided they needed to go to red alert and get involved.
As Dixon was gathering the kids to leave, a park ranger told her she would be arrested if she did not leave, demanded ID and grabbed her arm.
Dixon, who committed no crime, was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but not before suffering injuries requiring her to be rushed to the hospital for evaluation along with four other relatives—including a 12-year-old with a fractured jaw and broken ribs.
In the videos below, you can see the officers start their needless treatment of Dixon as a dangerous criminal threat, and then the climax of the altercation with several officers overpowering children.
“Krystal Dixon was behaving in a lawful manner,” said Clyde Bennett, Dixon’s attorney, to The Daily Beast. “When you’re not doing anything illegal or unlawful you should not be subject to arrest. “I could surmise or opine on why [pool staff] wanted them out. They said they’re not appropriately dressed. I’m not convinced that’s why they wanted them out of the pool. There’s a lot of people in Cincinnati who believe they wanted them out … because they were black. You’ve got a six-months pregnant woman trying to get her kids out of the pool, and before she could do that she was arrested.”
A totally not-racist 911-call by a crying park employee about the incident revealed that the incident was totally not-racist.
“Everything’s going crazy and they’re videotaping, trying to make it look like a racist thing and it’s not at all,” the caller said. “They were breaking our policy and we told them they couldn’t be here anymore and it’s really scary and I don’t feel safe.”
Yes, break out the riot patrol, teens are swimming in shorts.
“They’re saying a 12-year-old was assaulting somebody and resisting being arrested,” commented Cincinnati pastor Bobby Hilton. “Please tell me, where is she assaulting somebody? Why did the officer have to grab her by the neck and push her against the car? It’s just not right.”
The officers involved may get little more than paid vacations for their Corporal Casebolt impersonation, but their needless escalation of a harmless situation deserves much more than a slap on the wrist, and is indicative of a police force that is well paid to sit around with nothing to police.
These officers wanted action, and they made it happen.
More than a week after the incident, the Cincinnati Enquirer published a question-and-answer story in an attempt to determine what exactly took place that day, reporting that it “sort of” started over a swimsuit, then escalated after they were kicked out when the pool attendants refused to provide a refund.
And then it goes into the typical “he said, she said” narrative that always complicates these stories.
However, the Enquirer does not acknowledge that the entire debacle could have been avoided had the attendants refunded the family the $48 after kicking them out, only minutes after they had entered.
Anybody would have been angry about that.