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Texas cop who drew gun and wrestled bikini-clad teen girl at pool party resigns

Eric Casebolt was not pressured to leave according to the McKinney police chief.

Image: Youtube/TheDallasUrban

A WHITE POLICE officer recorded on video pushing a black teenage girl to the ground at a North Texas pool party has resigned from the police force.

Officer David Eric Casebolt’s actions were “indefensible,” McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said at a press conference after the officer submitted his resignation. But Casebolt was not pressured to quit the force, Conley said.

A teenager at the party posted a video online showing the officer pushing a bikini-clad girl to the ground and brandishing his gun to other black teens when officers responded last Friday to calls about the pool party at a community-owned McKinney swimming pool.

The 41-year-old former Texas state trooper and 10-year veteran of the McKinney force was put on administrative leave after the incident. His lawyer, Jane Bishkin of Dallas, confirmed on Tuesday that he had quit the force.

Conley said a review of the video showed that “our policies, our training and our practices do not support his actions.”

Twelve officers responded to the report of fights and a disturbance at the pool party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in an affluent area of western McKinney.

Brian Loughmiller McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller speaks at a news conference at police headquarters. Source: AP

“Eleven of them performed according to their training,” Conley said. Casebolt did not, he said.

He came into the call out of control and the video showed he was out of control during the incident.

Casebolt’s actions are under investigation and no decision has been made on whether charges will be filed against him, Conley said. Charges of interfering with an officer and evading arrest against the only man arrested during Friday’s incident have been dropped, Conley said. Everyone else detained was released.

PastedImage-4726 Casebolt drew his weapon during the confrontation. Source: Youtube/TheDallasUrban

Bishkin declined to say where Casebolt is now and said the officer had received death threats. The lawyer said she would release more information at a news conference later today.

The incident prompted criticism of the affluent suburb of McKinney north of Dallas, which is among the nation’s fastest growing cities, has highly regarded public schools and was ranked by one publication as America’s best place to live.

People who demonstrated this week at a McKinney school compared the city to Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, where use of force by police triggered widespread protests and violence.

The resignation is a step in the right direction, said Dominique Alexander, president of the Dallas area-Next Generation Action Network and organiser of the demonstrations.

“We still need a serious investigation into the charges that need to be brought against him in this matter,” Alexander said, adding that Casebolt should be drug tested.

Texas Officer Pool Incident Source: AP

The NAACP is asking the US Department of Justice to review the procedures of the McKinney police force, stopping short of asking for a formal investigation. A review of department policies is needed to ensure officers are responding appropriately to calls involving minorities, the local NAACP chapter said.

Casebolt had been accused of excessive force in a 2007 arrest as part of a federal lawsuit that named him along with other officers. The officers arrested Albert Brown Jr, who authorities said was found with crack cocaine during a traffic stop.

Brown, who is black, accused the officers of forcibly searching him after pulling down his pants and slamming his head against a car hood. A defence lawyer denied Brown’s accusations. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2009.

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