McKinney Cop Resigns After Pool Party Incident

McKinney Cop Resigns After Pool Party Incident

Eric Casebolt under fire for harassing Black teens in Texas.

Published June 9, 2015

Looks like Texas will have at least one less bad cop to deal with. Eric Casebolt, the officer who was seen on video harassing a group of Black teenagers at a pool party, has resigned from the force, his attorney Jane Bishkin has confirmed to the Associated Press.

Casebolt was put on administrative leave last week after footage of him shoving a 14-year-old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and then pointing his gun at another group of kids went viral, causing widespread outrage and accusations of racism.

Brandon Brooks, the white teen who shot the video, claims Casebolt's actions were definitely racially motivated. "I was one of the only white people in the area when that was happening," he told KDAF. "You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African-American friends to go sit down."

Meanwhile, representatives from the local police union insist the incident was not racially motivated, but rather the result of trespassing and vandalism by the teens at the pool. "The McKinney (Fraternal Order of Police) assures that this was not a racially motivated incident," the union said, "and can say without a shadow of doubt that all members of the McKinney FOP and McKinney (Police Department) do not conduct racially biased policing."

Thankfully, there were no fatalities in this case, but, as a parent of one of the teens who was harassed by Casebolt, had he opened fire as he was threatening, McKinney would have been "Ferguson times 100."

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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