Another Pool Incident, in Ohio

[Content Note: Racism; police brutality.]

Following the incident in McKinney, Texas, earlier this month, police in Fairfield, Ohio, have arrested four members of a black family—two adults, a 15-year-old, and a 12-year-old—after an altercation following a minor rule violation at a public pool. At the Daily Beast, Kate Briquelet has an excellent summation of what happened leading up to the altercation.

Police physically restrained several teens and pepper-sprayed at least one of them. The 12-year-old girl reportedly suffered a broken jaw and broken ribs after being slammed against a police cruiser.

And here is what Fairfield Police Officer Doug Day said about the incident: "Our officers used great restraint."

And here is what Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller said: "This is an unfortunate situation and our officers had a tough situation there. But I think they did a good job in showing restraint."

Quite a system we've got here, when police using pepper-spray and force against 12-year-old girls is considered "restraint."

All I'm hearing is: "At least they didn't shoot them." I got zero fucking cookies to give anyone for that.

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Recommended Reading: "America's swimming pools have a long, sad, racist history."

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