McKINNEY, Texas — The coordinator of a pool party in Texas where a cop’s associations with a 15-year-old young lady were gotten on video, said Sunday the cop had “no reason” to act the way he did.
The seven-minute YouTube video shows Cpl. Eric Casebolt utilizing obscenity and forcefully tossing a 15-year-old young lady in a bathing suit to the ground, face down. He then seemed to bind her with his knees.
“He was just aggressive for no reason at all,” said Tatyana Rhodes, one of the party’s coordinators. “It was horrible.”
Alongside her sister and mom, Rhodes sorted out and set up the pool party and cookout Friday in the Craig Ranch neighborhood of McKinney. Rhodes said everything began with a lady, who provoked her, and after that the police were called. McKinney police affirm they were called to the pool for an aggravation and found adolescents battling and declining to leave.
Rhodes said when police showed up, children got frightened and started running.
“Everything could’ve been tackled way better than what it was,” Rhodes said. “There were different officers that were really pleasant to individuals.”
In the video, caught by 15-year-old Brandon Brooks, Casebolt appears to be cursing kids out as he tries to round them up. As things raise, he pulls a weapon. It all prompts the occurrence with the young lady, his knees in her back, her head to the ground.
Since the video became famous online, McKinney police have brought in additional dispatchers to handle approaching telephone calls, requesting Casebolt to be terminated.
“Our beginning response was to place the officer on administratiive leave until we can lead a complete and exhaustive examination of the occurrence,” said McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley.
Amid a news conference Sunday, Conley said, “The McKinney Police Division is focused on treating all persons genuinely under the law. We are focused on safeguarding the peace and wellbeing of our community for the majority of our citizens.”
Twelve officers reacted Friday evening, yet only one is under investigation — Casebolt, a 10-year veteran with the division.
“Watching 30 seconds or seven minutes of a clip, it doesn’t recount the entire story,” said Sean Toon, a resident of the Craig Ranch neighborhood. Toon said he was one of the individuals who called police Friday and saw the entire thing. He said he’s behind the officer and his activities. He conveyed a strong sign to the pool Sunday to demonstrate it.
“I think he did what he thought he needed to do to control the circumstance,” Toon said.
“I don’t know whether the officers truly considered the point of view that it was demonstrating that the individuals that were being requested to the ground were minorities. All the white individuals were slightly strolling around — not being conversed with. Not being shouted at,” said Pete Schulte, a Dallas defense lawyer who additionally was a reserve McKinney officer for a long time.
Schulte said its questionable whether Casebolt perpetrated a wrongdoing, however he most likely violated department policy.
“I’m certain that internal affairs is researching him for behavior unbecoming of an officer in view of the profanity that was utilized and for the utilization of power whether it was fitting to toss the … young lady down on the ground and whether it was fitting to draw his weapon,” Schulte said.
“Having seen the YouTube video I am irritated and concerned by the episode and activities portrayed in the video. Our desire as a City Council is that our police department and different divisions will act professionally and with proper restriction in respect to the circumstance they are confronted with,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller in a written statement.
Protests in McKinney, Texas after pool party incident:
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