A veteran officer was placed on administrative leave following a pool party incident in Texas where he was seen slamming a 15-year-old girl – who was wearing only a bikini – to the ground and pulling her by her braids, which was captured on video.
According to the NY Daily Mail, Officer Eric Casebolt – who has worked with the McKinney Police Department for ten years — responded to a call on Friday about a pool party fight at Craig Ranch North Community Pool.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) June 8, 2015
Apparently, a resident began insulting the African American people at the pool, saying “You should go back to public housing,” which sparked a physical altercation.
Upon Officer Casebolt’s arrival, video footage shows him slamming Dajerria Becton to the ground – who was not involved in the fight – just before yelling and running around like a mad man. He was also seen pulling her by her braids and pulling a gun out at two boys.
“He told me to keep walking,” Becton said. “And I kept walking and then I’m guessing he thought we were saying rude stuff to him.”
“He grabbed me, twisted my arm on my back and shoved me in the grass and started pulling the back of my braids. I was telling him to get off me because my back was hurting bad.”
Becton was heard screaming in the video, “Call my momma! Call my momma! Oh God!” just before the cop slams her to the ground again and pushing her face into the ground.
During the scuffle, the teen never fights back.
Texas pool party incident: teen in video says cop provoked by ‘rudeness’ http://t.co/s0i9Tu32ZK
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 8, 2015
The video of the cop slamming the teen to the ground was uploaded to YouTube shortly after the incident, and received over five million views.
One boy who was detained was heard saying, “What is going on? Why is he [the officer] acting so crazy,” as none of the other officers at the scene seem to be displaying erratic behavior.
“I felt like he was actually getting ready to hurt someone,” said 13-year-old Jahda Bakari, who witnessed the ordeal.
“They were trying to make us leave, but if we ran, they’d chase after us, and if we stayed, then they’d arrest us.
They were acting like we were criminals. We were just there for a pool party.”
Becton’s aunt – who was not named – said that she felt as though the officer “wasn’t right” for what he did, and that “his force was excessive.”
However, one local woman believes otherwise. She said the cop was doing the right thing when he slammed the teen to the ground.
“Officers were completely outnumbered and they were just doing the right thing when these kids were fleeing and using profanity.”
After the pool party incident, McKinney Police Department released a statement that stated as follows.
“McKinney Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting.
First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation.”
After the incident, it was reported that a resident in the community posted a sign near the pool that said: “Thank you McKinney PD for keeping us safe.”
— Jess Furney (@jessffurney) June 8, 2015
After viewing the video, Mayor Brian Loughmiller said it left him “disturbed and concerned.” In a statement, he stated: “Our expectation as a City Council is that our police department and other departments will act professionally and with appropriate restraint relative to the situation they are faced with.”
“Our City Management and Police Chief are investigating the situation as required, and I have faith that they will conclude the investigation expeditiously and take appropriate action.
We will continue to monitor the situation through our City Manager’s office and will continue to work with community leaders as we follow this investigative process.”
Following the pool party incident, Officer Casebolt was placed on administrative leave as an investigation is underway. However, Becton stated that “him getting fired is not enough.”
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