Texas Cop Suspended After Video Of Pool Party Bust Released
( 4UMF NEWS ) Texas Cop Suspended After Video Of Pool Party Bust Released:
Authorities in Texas have suspended a cop caught on video slamming a 14-year-old girl to the ground and pulling his gun out at a pool party.
“Face down!” the McKinney officer shouted at the bikini-clad girl as he yanked her onto her stomach and then kneeled on her bare back.
A dozen officers responded on Friday afternoon to reports of an out-of-control party and fights among teens at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool, police said in a statement.
A dark-haired, white officer was filmed racing back and forth, ordering teens, most of them black, to lie down in the grass, sometimes dragging them to the ground by their heads.
Brandon Brooks, who taped the chaotic scene, claimed the incident started with a fight between a mom and a girl. People ran when officers arrived, and cops began cuffing people "for no reason," Brooks said in the video's description.
The dark-haired officer — identified by a Fox 4 reporter as patrol supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt — took the lead.
“Y’all make me f--king run around here with 30 pounds of goddamn gear on in the sun, because you want to screw around out here,” he told a group of seated teens.
Casebolt then ordered groups of girls to leave, eventually focusing on the 14-year-old. Screams erupted from the crowd as he shoved her to the sidewalk.
A young man charged up to Casebolt’s side before stopping abruptly. The cop hopped to his feet and drew his pistol on the young man, who bolted around the corner. Two other officers chased after him as Casebolt returned to where the girl was sitting.
“Call my mama,” she cried.
Casebolt pulled her up and slammed her back down onto the ground, forcing her onto her face.
Police said the video “raised concerns” and was being investigated.
One officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police confirmed.
Casebolt is a Navy veteran with 10 years on the McKinney force, according to rapidly disappearing online records.
A Facebook page for the McKinney police union, showing Casebolt as a vice president, was pulled down on Sunday, and the private self-defense school where he taught has scrubbed his profile from its site.
Casebolt’s LinkedIn page was also pulled down. He was named 2008 “Patrolman of the Year,” according to the McKinney Courier-Gazette.
All the teens, including the 14-year-old girl, were eventually released to their parents or responsible adults police said.
The young man who sprinted away when the officer pulled his gun was eventually seen handcuffed and staggering back to the grass with two officers at his side.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley told reporters on Sunday officers had arrested one adult male for interfering with police and evading arrest.
Conley vowed to complete a thorough investigation and pleaded for patience.
“The McKinney Police Department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law,” Conley said. “We are committed to preserving the peace and safety of our community for all of our citizens,”
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