Texas officer who assaulted girl at pool party resigns

Hundreds of protesters rally against police brutality in McKinney, Texas after police officer filmed tossing black teenage girl to ground at pool party caused public unrest

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Dallas-area police officer seen in a viral video throwing a bikini-clad teenage girl to the ground and waving a gun at other teenagers others during a pool party incident has resigned from the McKinney Police Department, the city’s police chief said on Tuesday.

McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt has been placed on administrative leave after a video showing him handcuffing and physically tossing a 15-year-old black teenager to the ground, in the latest incident which brought up the issue of police conduct and law enforcement’s use of lethal force against black community in the US.

"He came into the call out of control and as the video shows was out of control during the incident," McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley told a news conference.

He described Casebolt’s actions as “indefensible,” adding that the police officer tendered his resignation on his own.

He also said the police will continue to investigate “all the allegations that are presented to us.”

According to a withdrawn civil rights lawsuit filed against the police department, Casebolt had been accused of racial profiling before.  

The seven-minute video, viewed 9 million times on YouTube as of Tuesday morning, shows black teenagers trying to intervene in the arrests of other black teenagers and the cop drawing his weapon and 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.

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

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

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

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