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Cpl. Eric Casebolt - "peace" officer pulls gun at pool party - Update II | Dallas-Fort Worth News, Weather, SportsMcKinney officer resigns due to actions in pool party video

McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt has resigned after video showed him pushing a 15-year-old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and pointing his firearm at other teens. Casebolt's lawyer informed FOX4 of Casebolt's decision on Tuesday afternoon.

McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said Casebolt's actions were “indefensible” during a Tuesday evening press conference. “He came into the call out of control and as the video shows was out of control during the incident.” Conley said. “I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training.”

A 19-year-old woman said racist comments at her McKinney pool party sparked the fight that led to a police confrontation caught on video that’s gone viral. The officer in the video has been placed on leave. Tatyana Rhodes, who is black, told a photojournalist that another woman, who is white, told her to return to her public housing before slapping her in the face. Rhodes said she, her mother and sister live in the Craig Ranch subdivision and hosted the party there.

“She was saying things such as, ‘black F-er,’ and ‘That’s why you live in Section 8 homes,’” Rhodes said in a video posted to YouTube.
That woman and another woman “attacked me,” Rhodes said. Rhodes spoke in a video that was posted to YouTube by Elroy Johnson, who identifies himself on LinkedIn as social media manager for Jambalaya Magazine.
Cpl. Eric Casebolt, a white police officer in McKinney, Tex., has been suspended after a shocking video emerged Saturday that shows the officer manhandling, arresting and drawing his gun on a group of black children outside a pool party.

The video captures a chaotic scene in a suburban community one hour north of Dallas that grows increasingly tense when the officer — identified as Cpl. Eric Casebolt — attempts to throw a young woman onto a sidewalk before using his body weight to push her head toward the concrete. Casebolt can be seen running through the confused crowd of young people while swearing and appearing to randomly handcuff teenagers, who protested that they’d just arrived at the scene to attend the pool party.
Casebolt, a 10-year-veteran of the police department, also serves as a vice president of McKinney’s police union, according to the group’s Facebook page. He received an award for “Patrolman of the Year” in 2008, according to the McKinney Courier-Gazette.

He has been identified as a onetime instructor at Executive Self-Defense and Fitness, whose Web site noted that — in addition to martial arts training — he has “a strong working knowledge of human behavior” and “experience in the use of all levels of force.”
Mckinney, Texas – Mckinney police department responded to a call at the Craig Ranch Community pool of ‘kids who didn’t belong in the area, refusing to leave’ and teenagers who were at the pool party supposedly having a fight with adults who had confronted the children trying to make them leave.

They dispatched nine patrol units to the neighborhood to deal with the situation.
Brandon Brooks, the white 15-year-old who shot the YouTube video, told BuzzFeed News many students had arrived at the end-of-school celebration at the pool on guest passes. “I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,”

Promotional swearing-in and pinning ceremony: Chief Joe Williams; Corporal: Eric Casebolt
McKINNEY (Jan. 22, 2014) – The McKinney Police Department (MPD) promoted 17 officers at a City Hall ceremony on Monday, Jan. 13. Ten officers were promoted to Corporal, four Corporals were promoted to Sergeant, and three Sergeants were promoted to Lieutenant. All will report to the Patrol division.