The McKinney, Texas, police officer who pushed a teenager to the ground at a June 5 pool party has resigned following the release of a video of the incident.
Corporal Eric Casebolt’s treatment of the teens led to another series of protests about unnecessarily violent police treatment of African Americans. In addition to showing Casebolt throwing a bathing suit-clad girl to the ground, the video also shows him yelling obscenities at the teens and brandishing his firearm at them.
On Tuesday, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley announced at a press conference that Casebolt had resigned. “As the Chief of Police, I want to say to our community that the actions of Casebolt, as seen on the video of the disturbance at the community pool, are indefensible,” said Conley, who also described Casebolt’s behavior as “out of control.”
“I had 12 officers and 11 of them performed according to their training.”
However, Conley’s statement also acknowledged allegations that some of the party attendees had been involved in a fight.
“I do not condone the actions of those individuals who violated the rules of the community, showed disrespect to the security person on scene and to the officers who responded,” Conley said.
“However, we as a department are held to a high standard of action as we do our jobs. I support the fine men and women of the McKinney Police Department who day in and day out do an outstanding job on behalf of all of our citizens.”
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In the original YouTube posting, the description notes, “A situation between a mom and a girl broke out and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn’t do anything.”
According to a Reuters report, Casebolt is a 10-year veteran of the police force and was once named the McKinney Police Department’s patrolman of the year.
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