Fairfield, Ohio police are being accused with using excessive force on a group of black teenagers at a pool party. Police said it was a case of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at a Fairfield city pool, but witnesses said it was the police who were disorderly.
Krystal Dixon dropped her children and nieces and nephews off at the city pool, but a half hour later, chaos erupted. Dixon says one child didn’t have their trunks, and wasn’t allowed to use the pool.
According to Bishop Bobby Hilton, Dixon attempted to bring trunks to the child, but was told it was too late.
At that point, Hilton said, Dixon went to get the other kids from the pool, passing an officer who told her she had to leave.
Dixon told the officer that she had to get the rest of the kids and passed him. She retrieved the kids and was leaving when the officer grabbed her arm and said he had told her to leave, Hilton said.
“It was one minute and 45 seconds from the time the mother entered the facility until the time she was turning around headed back to her car and the officer stopped her,” Hilton said.
When that happened, Dixon’s kids demanded that the officer let their mother go. But Hilton said the video doesn’t show them assaulting any officer.
In the moments that followed, Hilton said, an unidentified man assaulted a 15-year-old, while an officer injured a 12-year-old.
After Dixon was handcuffed and put in a police cruiser, that cruiser camera recorded a woman saying, “I only came to get the kids. Could you have my daughter turn the car off?”
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 12-year-old, Dixon’s niece, suffered a fractured jaw and broken ribs.