Yejide Orunmila speaks outside of the U.S. Department of Justice demanding criminal charges be filed against the white police and residents involved in the McKinney pool party attack. (AFRO Photos/Shantella Y. Sherman)

At a recent rally in front of the U.S. Department of Justice, members of the African National Women’s Organization demanded that the police officers in McKinney, Texas involved in the aggressive arrest and detainment of African-American kids at a pool party be criminally charged with both physical and sexual abuse.

Yejide Orunmila, the organization’s president, said that in the violent manipulation of a bikini-clad child, Police Cpl. David Eric Casebolt engaged in historically-significant attack reminiscent of slave branding, which often held hidden sexual connotations.

“We want him charged with sexual assault because we know that when Black women are arrested or stopped by the police there are many cases of sexual violation that go along with it.  This is our first time seeing something of this nature on video,” Orunmila said.  “We know that Casebolt mounted this young 15-year-old child, he did so having been previously sued for sexual assault in 2008.”

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Yejide Orunmila speaks outside of the U.S. Department of Justice demanding criminal charges be filed against the white police and residents involved in the McKinney pool party attack. (AFRO Photos/Shantella Y. Sherman)

Activist Ousainou Mbenga said that the incident made it clear that police officers felt compelled to protect the Whites in the neighborhood and their property, rather than the Black children whom the White adults had attacked.

“There should have been indictments and arrests of the White women who assaulted the children prior to the arrival of the police, instead the issue becomes the presence of the children in a White neighborhood” Mbenga said.

Orunmila said that Casebolt also has a history of violence and bias against African-Americans.  She added that her organization believes that the Black community must demand community control of the police departments in areas where they reside, which would force accountability on the part of the police.

“The level of aggression used in this incident demonstrates that Black children cannot do something as simple as have a pool party without White people coming in calling them racial epithets, cursing them, and physically assaulting them without any repercussions,” Orunmila said. “With the advent of social media and camera phones, we feel more empowered because we see what happens when we share this information.”

“Internationally, people are starting to recognize that this is not about African and Latino people ‘playing the race card,’ but about a real and ongoing threat of violence against us that through smart equipment is being uploaded to the world in seconds,” she added.