The teenage girl who was slammed to the ground by a McKinney police officer during a rowdy pool party in 2015 officially filed a federal suit against the former cop, the city and the McKinney Police Department, reported DallasNews.com.
Dajerria Becton is seeking $5 million in damages after former Cpl. Eric Casebolt used excessive force and held her without probable cause. Becton was 15 at the time of the incident and her representation claims that Casebolt violated the teen’s Constitutional rights and caused several injuries.
Video of the incident was recorded and stirred up a national debate about the unfair treatment of Black men and women by police. While attending a pool party in the upper class Craig Ranch community in Texas, Dajerria was slammed to the ground by Casebolt, who used his arms and knee to pin her down.
According to the lawsuit, Dajerria and her representation claim that Casebolt’s use of excessive force not only caused physical injuries, but also mental distress.
In a prepared statement, city officials disputed Dajerria's claims against McKinney and its police force.
"The City of McKinney denies the claims alleged against it and the McKinney Police Department, and as such, will vigorously defend the recently filed lawsuit," the statement read. "McKinney prides itself in cultivating the highest standards of training and professionalism for our officers, and it strongly believes that its standards and training will withstand legal challenge."
Just four days after the incident, Casebolt resigned from his post on the force. However, last June, a grand jury decided not to indict the officer for his use of force.
Many people who have followed Dajerria’s story hope that she finally receives the justice she deserves.
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