Hundreds protest police officer who threw girl to ground

Expressions of anger and demands for changed prevail following police officer shoved teenage girl in bathing suit to ground

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hundreds of protesters marched on Monday night to the pool where a white police officer seen in a video throwing a bikini-clad teen girl to the ground and pointing his pistol at other youths at a pool party disturbance.

McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt has been placed on administrative leave after a video went viral showing him detaining, handcuffing and physically holding a 15-year-old black teenager to the ground, an incident that has raised fresh questions about police conduct and law enforcement’s use of lethal force against black community.

Unlike Ferguson, North Charleston or Baltimore, McKinney, an affluent, mostly white area has no history of serious racial tension.

About 800 people had a peaceful rally, carrying signs demanding an end to police brutality and calling for police accountability.

The incident came after a string of cases over the past year reignited a public outcry over the  police conduct and law enforcement’s use of lethal force against minority groups.

The video uploaded to YouTube has received hundreds of thousands of views, causing outrage at a time when the US has been embroiled in national debate about policing and use of deadly force, especially against minorities.

The video shows black teenagers trying to intervene in the arrests of other black teenagers and the cop drawing his weapon, chasing after two young black men.

After the two black young men fled the scene, the cop returned to a teenage girl in a bikini. Forcing her face down and sitting on her back, the officer is then seen handcuffing her as she cries.

TRTWorld and agencies