People across the country are rightfully outraged over the viral video that shows McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt forcefully manhandling 15-year-old Dajerria Becton – while responding to disturbance call place to police during a neighborhood pool party.
Although the exact reason that police were called to the of the pool party remains sketchy — the footage of this Casebolt ’s demeanor upon arrival makes it clear that he was in the wrong. In the video, Casebolt is seen violently forcing the teen to the ground by her face and cursing at her before placing both of his knees on her back for an extended period of time. The footage also shows the officer draw his gun and pointing it at two young boys who tried to help Dajerria Becton.
In response to the incident, several hundred protestors took to the streets of McKinney, Texas on Monday night calling for justice as the officer in question has only been suspended in light of his inappropriate actions but has not been fired.
Ironically enough, the person who filmed the mayhem was a White teen who happened to also be in the area with a group of his friends and says he has no doubt that the officer’s actions were racially motivated. One resident put things in disturbing perspective for USA Today, stating that “if [the teen girl] were an animal, PETA would be all over this and not only would they be all over it, he would be OUT.”
Millions have now witnessed the inhumane treatment of these young black children by yet another out-of-line police officer, so local McKinney officials will certainly have some explaining to do if this sorry excuse for a cop is allowed to keep his job.
BREAKING: Police chief calls officer's actions at Texas pool party "indefensible."
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 9, 2015
At a press conference this yesterday evening, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Casebolt’s actions “indefensible.”
“As the video shows, he was out of control during the incident,” he said. “I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training.”
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