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.