Jon Stewart Slams the “Asshole” Cop Who Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Black Teens at a Texas Pool Party

Jon Stewart is just as horrified as you over the shocking video footage that emerged over the weekend showing a white police officer pointing a gun at a group of black teenagers during a Texas pool party.

Dubbing the segment “Assault Swim,” Stewart took to the Daily Show on Monday to address the violent party, asking viewers, “How do you go from a pool party to this?”

The video from Friday’s pool party, which shows officer Eric Casebolt waving a gun at the teenagers and even throwing a 14-year-old girl to the ground while she cries for help, has provoked national outrage over what many say is another example of excessive, racially-motivated policing.

But Jessica Williams, dressed in full-body armor, appeared on Monday to point out rather depressingly, the incident is actually an improvement in terms of police-community relations.

“It’s progress Jon because a cop pulled a gun on a group of black kids and no one is dead.”

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