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Ohio Police Accused Of Excessive Force On Black Family At Pool (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Police in Fairfield, Ohio, are accused of using excessive force on a black family at a pool on June 9.

The incident comes on the heels of a widely-publicized police incident involving black teens at a pool in McKinney, Texas, which resulted in one officer's resignation.

Bishop Bobby Hilton, who released a cell phone video (below) of the incident, stated at a news conference on Tuesday that Krystal Dixon was leaving the Fairfield Aquatic Center to get new swim trunks for one of her children, who was denied entry, when she was informed that the teen wouldn't be allowed in the pool when she got back.

WLTW only showed part of the video, while the Cincinnati Enquirer showed the entire video; the children's faces are blurred to protect their identities.

Hilton claimed that Krystal tried to get the other children out of the pool and passed by a cop who told her to leave. When Krystal tried to exit with the kids, the police officer allegedly grabbed her by the arm and ordered her to leave, according to Hilton.

Chaos quickly erupted involving several police officers who used pepper spray on some of the kids who were upset about the situation with Krystal.

Krystal, and another adult, Maya Dixon, were both arrested and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, noted the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Two teens, 12 and 15, were also arrested.

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the officers were trying to calm everyone down, but Hilton claimed at his press conference that the police lied about the incident and escalated the situation.

Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey told WLWT, "Well, I think the videos, including their video, tell a different story. It's clear to me in the videos that they were non-compliant."

"I think when you, when anybody is attacking a police officer, whether it's a gun attack or a physical attack or a knife attack, these officers are obligated to defend themselves," Dickey added.

Hilton insisted that a 12-year-old girl had multiple injuries due to being slammed into a police car, but police claim there was never any complaint about such an injury by the girl. Some of the children were treated at a hospital for pepper spray.

Sources: WLWT, Cincinnati Enquirer
Image Credit: WLWT Screenshot

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