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Teen speaks out after recording viral pool party video

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Jun 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-08 18:16:31-04

MCKINNEY, Texas -- The 15-year-old Texas teenager who shot the McKinney pool party video that went viral and has resulted in a Texas officer being placed on leave is now speaking out. Brandon Brooks, 15, told KDAF the entire situation was, "uncalled for."

Brooks said he heard about the pool party on Twitter. He and some friends showed up and tried to get into the party, but security guards told them to leave.

The fight started while Brooks was in the bathroom. He says that when he walked outside, the fight was over and everyone was running away.

“The cops showed up and the parents immediately started yelling, ‘you need more cops, there’s too many of them.’ And most of the kids weren’t even involved. It was a fight between a mom and girl, which had nothing to do with all the other kids that she apparently needed more cops for,” Brooks explained.

Police told teens to sit down for questioning. When the teens stood up, Brooks started recording. He says one officer "went crazy" after tripping and dropping his flashlight. When he got up, he started tackling people and placing teenagers in handcuffs.

"My heart dropped as soon as he pulled his gun," Brooks said. "They were just a bunch of kids having fun on their last day of school."

The 7-minute video was posted to YouTube on Saturday. It shows officers running after teens, with one officer aggressively handcuffing a teen while pinning a  girl to the ground by her head as she cried for her mother.

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