Just days after a video, showing the McKinney Police Department responding to the report of a fight at a pool in that city’s Craig Ranch Subdivision, was posted online, the officer seen on the video mistreating teens at the scene, has resigned.
McKinney Police Department Chief, Greg Conley, defended the police department saying 12 officers responded to the scene and that only one of them was “out of control.”
“We as a department are held at a higher standard of action as we do our jobs,” Conley said during a press conference. “I support the fine men and women of the McKinney Police Department who day in and day out do an outstanding job.”
Conley told reporters that the officer, Cpl. Eric Casebolt, had voluntarily resigned from his post as the internal investigation was moving forward. Conley pointed out that Casebolt, who is a 10-year-veteran of the force, will retain his pension and benefits.
Casebolt can be seen on the video racing into view, falling, rolling, and getting back up as he rushed to the crowd of teens.
In the video, Cpl. Casebolt can be seen pushing black teens to the ground. Soon, he encountered a 14-year-old teenage girl in a neon bikini. Although it is hard to discern if the girl talked back, but it resulted in Casebolt grabbing her and throwing her to the ground. He continued to push her into the pavement before placing both knees on the young, slight girl’s back. When onlookers began protesting his actions, Casebolt un-holstered his sidearm and moved towards them, brandishing his weapon.
While the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police denied that the officer’s actions were in no way racially motivated, the teen who took the video, who was identified as Brooks, said that indeed it was, from his viewpoint. He said as the officer confronted the African American teens, detaining and handcuffing them, the officer completely ignored him as he continued to video the incident. He said he believes that his actions were ignored because he was white. “Everyone who was getting put on the ground was black, Mexican, Arabic,” he said. “[The cop] didn’t even look at me. It was kind of like I was invisible.”
Brooks told reporters that many of the teens at the pool had gained access to the pool using passes given to them to attend an end of school year party. He did say, some of the teens had jumped the fence. He also told reporters that some of the adults were irate that the teens were at the pool and did not live in the neighborhood.
Since that time, another video has surfaced showing the fight that took place, that prompted the 911 call, and the actions that followed. In the video, the two combatants were a black female teen and what looked like an adult white female. Reports say that the woman was the mother of one of the teens at the pool. None of the teens confronted by Cpl. Casebolt could be seen in the later released video.
The YouTube video, by Brandon Brooks can be viewed here.