Jessica Williams has debuted the McKinney bikini.
The Daily Show correspondent wore a pink swimsuit over a full suit of body armor, a take on the viral video showing a McKinney, Texas, police officer slamming a bikini-clad 14-year-old girl to the ground at a pool party that got out of hand.
The video, which went viral this week, showed Cpl. Eric Casebolt throwing the girl to the ground and later drawing his handgun at a group of teens who were at a private pool party.
Daily Show host Jon Stewart called out the officer and his over-the-top actions.
“He’s telling her to get her ass on the ground, and I believe it is literally on the ground,” Stewart said. “Not only is he being an a**hole, he’s redundant.”
But Jessica Williams — still clad in her McKinney bikini — said the video actually represented a step forward in police relations.
“A cop pulled a gun on a group of black kids and nobody is dead,” Williams said.
Controversy over the video spread quickly, with many calling on the police department to fire Casebolt for what they saw as an unnecessary escalation of the situation and for his unnecessary use of force when dealing with the teens.
This week Casebolt resigned, and the department condemned his actions.
“The actions of Eric Casebolt are indefensible,” police Chief Greg Conley at a press conference on Tuesday, noting that the officer was “out of control during the incident.”
“I had 12 officers on the scene, and 11 of them performed according to their training,” Conley added.
But local activists say Casebolt’s resignation is only one step toward fixing the problem of broken relations between police and the community. A group of local church leaders has come together in an effort to address those problems and work with police to ease tensions.
“I think it’s a good first step, but it’s not the end of the story,” said Frances Cudjoe-Waters of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church.
“I expect that our police chief will follow this through,” said Tommy Brumett from First United Methodist of McKinney. “My hope is that we can lower the tension and increase the conversation.”
The clip of Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams in her McKinney bikini has now gone viral as well, garnering tens of thousands of views and attracting nationwide coverage.
[Image via Comedy Central screencapture]