White Cop Grabs Black Tween by Her Neck—And Slams Her Against His Squad Car


The police say they were just doing their jobs—and besides, the 12 year-old attacked them. But a 911 call by a pool employee reveals concerns over race.
Krystal Dixon dropped off her kids and nieces and nephews at the Fairfield, Ohio pool just as she’d done many times before. Not a half hour later, the family was being rushed to the hospital after a violent altercation with local police.
The incident started so small. When one child didn’t have swimming trunks, staff demanded the family leave.
Even though Dixon, pregnant and 33, said she had a swimsuit for the child, workers at the Fairfield Aquatic Center—about 25 miles north of Cincinnati—said it was too late.
What was a minor breach of pool rules then descended into chaos: a white officer using pepper spray on black teenage girls, and one 12-year-old—Dixon’s niece—being slammed against a cop car. Her family claims she has a fractured jaw and broken ribs.
Two adults were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A 12-year-old girl was charged with assault and resisting arrest, while a 15-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The two sides paint a different picture of what happened. The family is accusing the cops of using excessive force in the incident. The police say they were just doing their jobs—and besides, the 12 year-old attacked them. But a 911 call by a pool employee reveals concerns over race.

“Everything’s going crazy and they’re videotaping, trying to make it look like a racist thing and it’s not at all,” the caller said. “They were breaking our policy and we told them they couldn’t be here anymore and it’s really scary and I don’t feel safe.”
On Tuesday, Dixon’s allies released shocking videos of the June 9 incident and claimed cops used excessive force because of racism. Bishop Bobby Hilton, a Cincinnati pastor who belongs to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, came forward to present photos of the injured kids.
“They’re saying a 12-year-old was assaulting somebody and resisting being arrested,” Hilton told The Daily Beast. “Please tell me, where is she assaulting somebody? Why did the officer have to grab her by the neck and push her against the car? It’s just not right.”

“Tell me, where is she assaulting somebody? Why did the officer have to grab her by the neck and push her against the car? It’s just not right.”
Clyde Bennett, an attorney for Dixon, added: “I could surmise or opine on why [pool staff] wanted them out. They said they’re not appropriately dressed. I’m not convinced that’s why they wanted them out of the pool.”
“There’s a lot of people in Cincinnati who believe they wanted them out … because they were black,” Bennett added.
Dixon’s family says it’s the latest example of police using excessive force against black teens. Days before, an officer was captured on video pulling a gun at a pool party in McKinney, Texas slamming a black girl to the ground. Thecop resigned and his attorney said “he was not targeting minorities.”
A video of the Fairfield melee wasn’t nearly as shocking as the McKinley footage. But the altercation was serious. After the Fairfield incident, the six-months-pregnant Dixon was rushed to the hospital for evaluation with four other relatives—including the 12-year-old with fractured bones. (The Daily Beast is not naming her, or any other juvenile, from this incident.) Another girl had to get her eyes rinsed out. Dixon was not injured, but she’s facing disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.
“Krystal Dixon was behaving in a lawful manner,” Bennett told The Daily Beast. “When you’re not doing anything illegal or unlawful you should not be subject to arrest.”
“You’ve got a six-months pregnant woman trying to get her kids out of the pool, and before she could do that she was arrested,” he added.


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