|Former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt
NBC News reports that former Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, a day after resigning from his department, has apologized through his lawyer for his actions at a community pool incident earlier this week.
“He recognizes that his emotions got the best of him and that the prior suicide calls put him in an emotional place that he would have preferred not to have been in when he responded to this call,” his lawyer, Jane Bushkin, said.
Nevertheless, Bushkin said, Casebolt acknowledged that he lost his cool.
“Eric regrets that his conduct portrayed him and his department in a negative light. He never intended to mistreat anyone but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges it presented.”
Melanfant and Bushkin said Casebolt resigned in order to help the community heal faster.
The seven-minute video shows Casebolt, who is white, wrestling a black 15-year-old girl to the ground and pulling his gun on other young people, most of them also black, when they fail to follow his commands as he responds to reports of fighting at a June 5 party held at a community pool. Casebolt, a corporal who served on the police force for 10 years, also curses at the teenagers.
The police chief, Greg Conley, called Casebolt’s actions “indefensible.” Civil rights groups have called for authorities to file criminal charges against the officer.
According to Fox News 4 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt resigned today via his lawyer in the aftermath of an incendiary video showing him pushing a 15-year-old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and pointing his firearm at other teens.
At a press conference today, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said Casebolt’s actions were “indefensible” and “out of control.”
“He was out of control before and during the incident,” Conley said. “Twelve officers were on scene, 11 acted properly.”
The video of the Friday incident involving Casebolt at a McKinney neighborhood pool went viral and had initially landed Casebolt on administrative leave while police officials conduct an investigation.
Casebolt was seen pulling Dajerria Becton to the ground and pinning her with his knees while she cried out. He also pulled out his gun and pointed it at other teens and briefly ran after them before being stopped by two fellow McKinney police officers. Throughout the video Casebolt is heard repeatedly cursing.
Mayor Brian Loughmiller said Tuesday during the press conference that “the incident is not indicative of McKinney. The actions of one individual do not represent those of others.”
It’s painful to see any behavior like this. But I grew up on Texas not far from McKinney, and somehow it feels even worse. My best friend from high school was a longtime police officer in Texas. I know he would never have handled a situation like this so poorly.
This man’s actions make every police officer’s job more difficult.