|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.
|NYPD detective Patrick Cherry
Yesterday, I wrote about a New York Police Department detective who went bonkers on an Uber driver who honked his horn while the detective was trying to park his car.
The NYPD has been swift to act after the video of the rant went viral.
Detective Patrick Cherry has been removed from the department’s elite Joint Terrorism Task Force and will be doing desk duty until he is officially transferred out of the prestigious division.
“No good cop should watch that video without a wince,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a Wednesday press conference. “Because all good cops know that officer just made their jobs a little bit harder.”
“In that kind of encounter, anger like that is unacceptable,” Bratton continued. “In any encounter, discourtesy and obscene language like that is unacceptable.
“That officer’s behavior reflected poorly on everyone who wears our uniform.”
|Former half-term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin
Alaskan political blogger Amanda Coyne is reporting that it was a hot night in the old North last Saturday night when Sarah Palin and family showed up at a party in Anchorage which turned into a drunken brawl:
There’s some sort of unofficial birthday/Iron Dog-type/snowmachine party in Anchorage. A nice, mellow party, until the Palin’s show up.
There’s beer, of course, and maybe other things. Which is all fine, but just about the time when some people might have had one too many, a Track Palin stumbles out of a stretch Hummer, and immediately spots an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. Track isn’t happy with this guy, the story goes. There’s words, and more.
The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, “Don’t you know who I am!” And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!”
No, it’s what happens when the former First Family of Alaska comes knocking. As people were leaving in a cab, Track was seen on the street, shirtless, flipping people off, with Sarah right behind him, and Todd somewhere in the foreground, tending to his bloody nose.
A spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department confirmed that members of the Palin family were involved in a public fight in Anchorage on Saturday night, but that no arrests were made because no one pressed charges.