Hundreds of people have demonstrated near Dallas, Texas, to demand the firing of a white police officer seen in a video throwing an African American teenage girl to the ground and pointing his gun at other black youths.
About 800 people took part in the peaceful rally on Monday in McKinney, carrying signs demanding an end to police violence and calling for police accountability in the US.
“We are demanding that the officer be fired and be charged with assaulting the youth,” said Dominique Alexander, the president of the Next Generation Action Network, which helped organize the rally.
The protesters were carrying placards with slogans including, “My skin color is not a crime” and “Don’t tread on our kids.”
McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into Friday’s incident that has raised fresh questions about racial bias in US policing.
Casebolt, who is white, is seen in a cell phone video shouting obscenities at African-American youths in a multiracial crowd, shoving a black teenage girl and throwing her to the ground before placing his knees on her back.