The police officer who violently threw a teen girl to the ground and unholstered his gun at two boys during an out-of-control pool party last Friday has resigned.
Officer Eric Casebolt of the McKinney Police Department resigned Tuesday after witnesses recorded him wrestling a teenage girl to the ground, and then unholstered and pointed his gun at two boys who tried to help.
Cell phone video of the incident went viral, and Corporal Casebolt was put on administrative leave while the police department investigated.
A dozen officers were descended upon the suburban Dallas neighborhood after receiving multiple disturbance calls from local residents and reports of a fight.
When they arrived, they encountered a crowd of predominantly black teens entering or near the community pool, many of whom were non-residents reportedly invited via social media.
Brandon Brooks, a white teen who shot the viral video, claims Casebolt purposefully racially profiled black teens:
“You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African-American friends to go sit down.”
While other officers verbally questioned the attendees, Casebolt can be seen pushing some to the ground, and then throwing Dajerria Becton to the ground and grabbing her braids.
Police Chief Greg Conley decried his now-former officer’s actions in a press conference on Tuesday:
“Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support his actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident.”
Chief Conley said the investigation is still ongoing. Police union officials say they do not racially profile.
[Image via Brandon Brooks/YouTube.]