Neighbors Defend Texas Cop Who Aimed Gun at Kids’ Pool Party and Attacked 15-Year-Old Girl
Despite the McKinney Police Department suspending officer Eric Casebolt after video emerged of him attacking a teenage girl and pulling a gun on a children’s pool party, neighbors are defending the officer because the police were “outnumbered” by the kids.
ThinkProgress reports that one neighbor defended Casebolt, saying, “I feel absolutely horrible for the police and what’s going on. [Officers] were completely outnumbered and when they were just doing the right thing when these kids were fleeing and using profanity and threatening a security guard.”
Fox 4 reporter Zahid Arab also tweeted on Sunday, “Homeowners who saw the entire situation tell me they think the officer’s actions were justified because people weren’t listening to orders.”
Casebolt was suspended after footage of him grabbing unarmed 15-year-old Dajerria Becton by the hair and tackling her and pulling a gun on the crowd was posted online.
Casebolt was responding to complaints over several teens being loud.
Teens who attended the party tell BuzzFeed that they reacted because several homeowners said racial slurs and told them to go back to “Section 8 housing.”
Arab added that residents believed the officers’ “lives were at risk” despite everyone being unarmed and no one attacking officers.
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller released a statement on Sunday, saying, “I am disturbed and concerned by the incident and actions depicted in the video. Our expectation as a City Council is that our police department and other departments will act professionally and with appropriate restraint relative to the situation they are faced with. Our City Management and Police Chief are investigating the situation as required, and I have faith that they will conclude the investigation expeditiously and take appropriate action.”