So today I was asked my thoughts on the pool party incident in McMinney, Texas.
My response: It shows a clash of expectations.
I saw police officers who expected citizens to listen to and follow instructions.
I saw teenager citizens responding to police officers expecting them to act like their parents who let them refuse to follow instructions, mouth off and all without consequences.
That's a bad mix. Oh, and the police get called to mop stuff up that began by poor upbringing.
That's my take.
I was asked specifically about the officer who drew his gun on unarmed males.
My response: Well the guy taking the video from behind one of these males at least had a chance to see when the one guy's hand went behind his body (as he approached the officer!) that there was no weapon to draw. But the officer was not standing behind the approaching male. He was in front of the male and was being approached from his back/side. The cop was definitely hyped. But for me it's too early to say his reactions were unacceptable. I'll wait to hear a more comprehensive report based on multiple perspectives to the whole incident.
Edited to add: The one guy who seemingly bumped his buddy even closer to the officer didn't do anyone any favor either.