The pool that this incident occurred at is not open to the public. It is a private pool for the members of the Craig Ranch Community.
The pool has very strict rules. You need a photo ID to get into the pool and Pool parties cost $225 and are limited to 20 people.
Tatiana Rhodes and Lashana Burkes have setup several events before. At this event they specifically promoted it as a pool party. The intent was promoting a future event that they were selling presale tickets for $5.00 each. Neither of these two people had the right nor permission to do this.
A group of approximately 70-100 people show up in a public place next to the pool. The event was promoted as a pool party, and the people that came were expecting this. You can verify this in the future videos, notice how everyone has pool attire on?
At some point in time, it is unknown what sparked it, people from this group began jumping the fence to get into the private pool that requires a photo ID to access. The security guards tried to remove them but they refused to leave. Residents claim that security guards were assaulted, and that community minors (teens) received minor injuries.
You also have this video of one of the organizers fighting with a community resident. I can imagine under the circumstances with all the chaos going on she would be upset because her event promotion is ruined at this point.
A resident also complained about loud music with explicit lyrics and drug and alcohol use around children. Most residents, of all races, say the same general story. A group of “punks” ruined it for everyone.
Facts gathered from the video to the right:
The gun was aimed at someone who came up behind the officer, not at the teenage girl
It was later reported that the person the gun is aimed at is a teen
There are people inciting the incident the entire time
Mr. Casebolt does use inappropriate language
Mr. Casebolt’s use of force could be considered excessive
There is no evidence suggesting race was an issue, it appears to be frustration and/or anger
Something that is often overlooked with this entire situation is the fact that several teens picked up an officers flashlight that he dropped and then returned it to the officer. One officer thanked them, and then Officer Casebolt put them on the ground, accused them of running, and then swore at them. To us, this is an unacceptable way to talk to teens.
The Good: The Conservative treehouse did some amazing journalistic research with their article on this incident. Heavey.com also did great investigate work but didn’t provide as many details as the Conservative Treehouse. Fox and NBC provided articles on this that didn’t go that far out of their way to incite bias.
The Bad: The Daily Kos provided some of the most shoddy rag journalism we’ve seen in a long time. They clearly try to incite racism into the situation, claiming that because a mother defended a child that there is reason to believe she might of discriminated against African Americans at her job. You can’t even comment about this on their site unless you pay for a subscription which sounds pretty elitist to me, obviously they don’t care about anyone’s opinion who can’t afford their subscription fee. Media Takeout was the first to report this was due to people “not wanting black people” in their pool which simply wasn’t true. CNN used misleading article titles to slightly influence bias against the police.
The Daily Kos intentionally leaves out crucial information, such as the fact that in the pool fight the attacker bragged about “beating that ass” on twitter after They implied that the woman trying to stop the fight and protect her daughter was racist instead.