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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.”

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  • Gort1

    Yeah. Nothing more life threatening than a bunch of kids in bikinis and bathing suits!

  • lugnut

    Racist will never see anything wrong when the black persons are the victims, never! To a racist, that has always been normal treatment for “those people”. Just like attacking a card board box to them, or something not human. Got it, racist not only not see us as REAL Americans, but not human either. Not real American “i want MY country back” they said immediately after the election of president Obama and before he took the oath of office. Not to be treated like human beings even if they are teenagers at a pool party, where the people who started it all were white, and not one white person put on the ground, or had a gun pointed at them. This scene was so telling how they REALLY feel about us and how they treat us.