Disgraced police officer Eric Casebolt, who resigned after a video of him slamming a young girl on the pavement outside a pool party went viral, won’t face any further charges after a grand jury failed to indict him Thursday. The incident occurred in an affluent part of McKinney, Texas, a suburb of Dallas after police responded to complaints of a pool party that had “gotten out of hand.” However, witnesses say police singled out African-American youth as trespassers, handcuffing some of them, regardless of whether they lived in the area or were invited to the end of summer party.
It all happened on June 5, 2015 when perhaps as many as a 100 area youth converged on a party at a community pool which had been promoted on social media. Not all the neighbors in the community however were aware of the invite and called police saying things had gotten out of hand. Twelve police officers then responded, only increasing tensions. Veteran David Eric Casebolt, who is white, is seen in the video wildly running around the scene, falling at one point, and then aggressively restraining a number of African-American party goers. When 15-year-old Dajerria Becton, clad only in a bikini, seems to protest, Casebolt grabs her around the neck and forces her to the ground where she is handcuffed and pinned under the officer’s knee. When two men appeared to intervene, Casebolt drew his gun. In the aftermath Casebolt’s commanding officer called his actions “indefensible” and “out of control.”
After reviewing evidence from a Texas Rangers investigation, a Collin County grand jury refused to indict Casebolt. The McKinney Police Department has planned a public forum on Monday to meet with local leaders and help strengthen the bonds between law enforcement and they communities they serve. Attorneys for Dajerria Becton and other teens who were detained during the incident have indicated a possible civil suit against Casebolt.
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