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People across the country are rightfully outraged over the viral video that shows McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt forcefully manhandling 15-year-old Dajerria Becton – while responding to disturbance call place to police during a neighborhood pool party.

Although the exact reason that police were called to the of the pool party remains sketchy — the footage of this Casebolt ’s demeanor upon arrival makes it clear that he was in the wrong. In the video, Casebolt is seen violently forcing the teen to the ground by her face and cursing at her before placing both of his knees on her back for an extended period of time. The footage also shows the officer draw his gun and pointing it at two young boys who tried to help Dajerria Becton.

In response to the incident, several hundred protestors took to the streets of McKinney, Texas on Monday night calling for justice as the officer in question has only been suspended in light of his inappropriate actions but has not been fired.

Ironically enough, the person who filmed the mayhem was a White teen who happened to also be in the area with a group of his friends and says he has no doubt that the officer’s actions were racially motivated. One resident put things in disturbing perspective for USA Today, stating that “if [the teen girl] were an animal, PETA would be all over this and not only would they be all over it, he would be OUT.”

Millions have now witnessed the inhumane treatment of these young black children by yet another out-of-line police officer, so local McKinney officials will certainly have some explaining to do if this sorry excuse for a cop is allowed to keep his job.

UPDATE: Texas officer resigns after ‘indefensible’ actions at pool party

At a press conference this yesterday evening, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Casebolt’s actions “indefensible.”

“As the video shows, he was out of control during the incident,” he said. “I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training.”

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  • Jaya

    It was very smart of this police chief to just go ahead and throw Casebolt to the lions in order to save his own job and prevent the rest of the police force from being sued and smeared. This will lessen the amount of money they’ll have to pay out in damages.

    I wish that more black people would take a page from his book and quickly sacrifice the wrongdoers among us in order for the rest of us not to go under or be smeared. Instead, we defend and worship all kinds of destructive, self-serving blacks who obviously don’t give a hoot about the rest of us.

    • LogicalLeopard

      One of the reasons why black people aren’t quick to “sacrifice the wrongdoers among us in order for the rest of us not to go under or be smeared” is because we realize that it’s not just the wrongdoers that are going to “go under or be smeared,” it’s all of us. Racism doesn’t stop at the wrongdoers, everyone becomes a target. So, when you regulate the way that the worst of us are treated, you halt the slippery slope so that the best of us can be treated fairly as well. Like the old quote, we hang together, or hang separately.
      But please understand; I’m not justifying the defense and worship of destructive behavior. I’m just saying that sometimes you’ll see black people point out the intricacies of a bad situation, because that’s not going to get addressed any other way by the public at large. Like say, the Michael Brown case. When everything came out, he looked to be clearly in the wrong. But before everything came out, the police department had to be held to scrutiny, based on it’s past, and the known circumstances of the case.

    • elle D.

      Thus the main problem with respectability politics. Although I have to add that regardless of how the police and Prosecutor made it appear, Michael Brown did not look clearly wrong. That officer acted in the same vein as the one listed above. People need to get real and understand that this is how they interact with any and ALL of us if we don’t do a quickstep to their command. And sometimes even if we do–That respectable shit has to GO. We don’t have any room for that ish anymore.

    • LogicalLeopard

      And that’s a good statement, “no matter how the police and prosecutor made it appear.” The police, really, because they were dropping hints the FIRST WEEKEND that said, “Move along, nothing to see here.” They mentioned about the cigars, even though it had nothing to do with the initial police interaction. I think that was done just to smear him. We should be respectable because it helps us, not because we think other people will change their behaviors. That’s not happening.

    • Jaya

      “We should be respectable because it helps us, not because we think other people will change their behaviors.”

      ^^^^^This has been my point all along. I can’t figure out why “respectability politics” even came into this discussion.

      But I’m extending that to say that we ought to out our wrongdoers–because it helps US, not because we’re trying to win acceptance from white folks.

    • elle D.

      Exactly, self-respect is a priority, but there is a difference between conducting oneself with respect and being “respectable”–the latter has an entire different meaning–people need to learn the difference.

    • blogdiz

      Amen to that I am a respectable person, I strive to dress speak and conduct myself in a respectable way at all time ……this is miles difference from black respectability which preaches if only black people would _______ fill in the blanks then the world would see we had standards / respect us whatever. it buys into the black people are 2/3 of a person theory and we must always be earning proving the other 1/3rd
      Whilst white people of any background are the default setting for humanity and black people must be paragons of virtue/flawless to be seen as barely human

    • elle D.

      Thank you- and _________________ is never enough. It is NEVER ENOUGH. Folks will twist themselves into pretzels to live up to some unrealistic ideal that can NEVER be reached. The bar is ALWAYS raised when it comes to Black folks here and abroad.

    • Mary Burrell

      I hate respectability politics we can never do enough to be respected.

    • Jaya

      A lot of black people of all income groups get profiled. None of us escape that. I’ve been profiled too and been accused of stealing in a store when I didn’t touch anything, but I still have standards. Just because I’ve been profiled is no reason for me to make excuses for wrongdoers.

      I think that too many black people act like this is 1815 instead of 2015. Granted there hasn’t been much progress in terms of institutionalized racism or only maybe cosmetic ones, but when blacks cover up for wrongdoers, that causes major setbacks for us all because it makes us all look like we don’t have good sense and that we have no standards. No one wants to be associated with people who have no standards, not even other people of color.

      Why shouldn’t all adult aged black drug dealers be thrown to the lions, with a quickness? We know that they have sold drugs to OUR people, our children, and turned many young black women into prostitutes and other young black folks into criminals. Why do most blacks make excuses for black men who abandon their children and instead try to blame it all on black women? Why do so many blacks make excuses for the astronomical number of black men in prison when we know that many of them did commit crimes in which blacks were their worst victims? I hope no one will say that black men did crimes in order to eat or make a living. No one has to commit a crime to eat in this country and instead of selling drugs, they could sell bottles of water or grow tomatoes to sell, if need be. That would be honorable.

      Why don’t more blacks start businesses and INSIST that other blacks patronize those businesses? I hear where some black men say they won’t start businesses now because of ‘black wall street’
      when whites burned down all of the thriving black businesses back in the 1800s, but this is 2015, not the 1800s, so that’s just an excuse.

      Since you brought up Michael Brown, I could never understand why anyone defended him. I know other blacks who didn’t understand why either.

      Blacks in America are viewed mostly by others as having “no standards.” We are viewed as being accepting of anything.

    • Brad

      The prisons are completely filled with black drug dealers, excuses made for them or not. No one is getting a pass when it comes to criminal behavior.

      I understand your point but, blacks in America will always by many be judged of not having any standards. Even from the immigrants who just got here.

    • Jaya

      We are judged as having no standards because we currently have no standards.

      I’m sorry but it’s an excuse you’re making to say we were always viewed as having no standards. I know my history. My parents made sure we learned it. Immigrants used to respect us. My mother said that other blacks used to want to be around blacks here and would try to move near us when they got here because they thought we were their sisters and brothers.

      We were even viewed as having standard even by whites who hated us. History shows that many whites learned many of their current standards from black people.

    • Brad

      Speak for your self, me and my family very much have standards than you.

    • Jaya

      Sorry you’re taking it that way.

      My point is that most African Americans these days allow just about anything to go on among them and seem to “think” it’s ok. For ex. that nonsense of Creflo Dollar pouting because he wants a new jet. Outside of black Americans, that’s insane and we’re being laughed at since we’re always saying we’re poor and gimme this and gimme that. But black Americans are so used to tolerating so much nonsense from our own folks until it just rolls off their backs. My grandmother said that a preacher back in the day would have been physically thrown out on his face by some of the big men in the church for that kind of foolishness.

    • Brad

      I understand some of the point you are making.

    • blogdiz

      i know no one who condones Creflo Dollar shenanigans .He is an example of a flawed HUMAN behavior of greed /self aggrandizement .This is what I notice with some AA , that are so beaten over the head with race race everyday that they forget Black people are humans and as such prone to all the negative and positive behavior of humanity .Instead some seem conditioned to equate every part of life experiences (especially the negative) with being black when sometimes its just apart of being HUMAN

      You may be too young to recall that the mega church TV hustle started in the white church .In fact Oral Roberts infamously declared some yrs ago that if his followers didn’t donate some 8 Mil within some 4 weeks God would strike him dead .His predominantly white followers donated almost 10 mil
      This is not a “Black thing ” and BP don’t need to meet some puritanical standards of perfection to be human

    • Jaya

      Creflo Dollar is extorting money from an overwhelmingly disadvantaged population, a population that, in general, claims on the daily that they don’t have enough money for practically anything. Yet they can buy their pastor a jet?

      I just mentioned what you said about Oral Roberts to my grandma and she said she even knew of stupid blacks folks who sent him and Billy Graham money. She mentioned a few other charlatans too. I call this pure extortion because Creflo Dollar knows that many of those black folks are depending on him to get them into heaven. So they’re scared that if they don’t give him their money, he won’t pray for their departed soul to cross over to the right place. I’ve encountered some of these black folks. Some know it’s a swindle but don’t want to take any chances, so they just go along with the crowd. They really cannot afford to buy him that jet, but he’ll probably get it because fear is probably the most powerful motivator. He knows that.

      But I also don’t need to look at what Oral Roberts did to know that what Creflo is doing is wrong. I don’t need to know that a white person did something wrong to determine whether it’s wrong for a black person to do it.

    • LogicalLeopard

      Well, I think there’s a difference between examining the issue from all angles and straight out covering up. Covering up doesn’t help anything, you’re right, and it’s more damaging to everyone. But like you said, since profiling and wrong actions happen to black people of all different income levels, education levels, etc, it makes for people being extra careful to come out and automatically disavow black people accused of wrongdoing.
      Why shouldn’t all adult aged black drug dealers be thrown to the lions? Because throwing people to the lions is not a penalty anywhere in the United States. Because people who go to prison get OUT of prison. And when they get out, we need to bring them back into society. Not caring about people is a sure way to ensure that they never care about you. People aren’t disposable, and when you have a system that teaches them that, they might not learn anything different. Why do most blacks make exuses for black men who abandon their children and blame it on black women? Uhm….I don’t hear many black people doing that, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about. Why do so many blacks make excuses for the astronomical number of black men in prison when they probably committed crimes? Because it’s an oddity, and when you look at the numbers, you see that more black people are being funneled into the criminal justice system for various reasons, and they may have never become career criminals if they were diverted. White kids and black kids smoke marijuana, but white kids are probably less likely to be pulled over/stopped and found with it. So, at age 18, you might have a white kid who goes to college and smokes for a while, gets bored of it, and gets a job. But the black kid has missed so much school due to arrests/detentions, he might not get to college, and what does he do? Keep smoking marijuana. Sure, you could sell bottles of water and tomatoes to have extra money, but if you live in a project, or an apartment, how are you going to grow tomatoes? How are you going to get the knowledge? I’m betting your school probably wont have a 4H club.
      As far as Michael Brown, when the case came out, there were many witnesses saying that he was shot while surrendering. And we had no hard evidence at the time available, and a police department with a reputation for bad dealings with the black community. And the circumstances of the case seemed bizarre (and still are, even if true) . A kid who was going to start college suddenly decides to grab an officer’s gun? An officer who wasn’t even arresting him for a crime, but just told him to get out of the street? If you just stole something, and the police tell you to get out of the street, you get out of the street. You don’t’ just attack him. I don’t understand how people weren’t at least on the fence on that case, until the evidence came out.

      The view of Black America in the eyes of others is influenced by racism. Point blank. End of story. They view us as violent, but ignore the violence inflicted on us, and the economic situations that led to it. They say we’re poor, and forget about how we were denied jobs and wealth. They say we don’t care about education, and forget that they had governors and National Guardsmen to prevent us from entering schools. SCHOOLS! And that’s not 1800’s, that happened to people who are still walking around now.

    • Me

      i logged in JUST to upvote you. you said it all. respectabiity politics never works for us, no matter how anybody wants to spin it. & your point about not throwing people away like garbage just to get racists to treat the rest of us like humans is the message of the day. our bad seeds deserve to be rehabilitated just like any other race’s bad seeds. we need to quit acting like this justice system is a perfect reflection of who’s good & who’s bad. it’s rigged. from arrest to sentencing, it’s all rigged against the most victimized parts of our society. i would be the 1st to walk around like some rambo neighborhood watch calling out every little crime that happens in the black community so that i could live in some utopia, but the reality is that only makes it easier for the cops to arrest me next b/c they don’t see a difference b/t black criminals, black victims, and black citizens. i’d rather keep all my rights than help the cops catch a criminal. they get paid to figure it out with or w/o my help. so until they can guarantee that my rights won’t be violated in the course of being their stool pigeon, then i’m not about to be their respectability megaphone operator.

    • Jaya

      Your points are good, as usual. I believe that marijuana should be legalized. So, I’m not even concerned about that. No person should go to jail for simply smoking marijuana. I’m talking about violent criminals and criminals whose actions scar and destroy other blacks physically, mentally, and otherwise.

      All other communities distinguish between those who victimize those inside their communities and those who victimize those outside. You’re saying that blacks must reform these folks who have done these deeds to other blacks. No one is stopping any blacks from doing that now. I’m sure some are trying. I’m just one person who believes in sharing what I have with those who aren’t trying to destroy me.

      But I’m learning a lot more here about the underside of why the black communities are taking their last breaths.

    • elle D.

      BRAVO for running it down.

    • Brad

      ” wrongdoers among us in order for the rest of us not to go under or be smeared.”

      The very point that they treated this young suburban girl no different than the gang members or drug dealers in the inner city is directly in conflict with your statement.

      That doesn’t mean that we should protect gang members or drug dealers but, don’t think that many a white folk won’t judge us all similarly.

    • Jaya

      It doesn’t matter whether we’re all judged similarly by whites. You act as if black people have no existence outside of white people’s eyes.

      I don’t know about the rest here but I was raised to have my own standards. I have an existence outside of what anyone else thinks about me.

    • _a_

      That’s why I’m never too quick to defend someone just because the herd may be supporting him/her.Someone could be blatantly wrong and people will make the most ridiculous excuses.It definitely does make it look like anything goes.

    • Brad

      You just sound like you consider yourself to be that “special negro” is all it sounds like to me.

      Your not the first nor will you be the last to have been raised with certain standards. I grew up in an entirely black neighborhood in Florida and there was not one(1) single mother any where to be found.

      Let me change that to say you are surly special but, not unique.

    • Jaya

      I know this is when I’m supposed to shut up, but I won’t.

      I am special and I am unique. We’re all unique and wonderfully made and not by white people.

      You’re the one who started with all the worrying about how white folks are going to judge us. So I’ll say this again: “I was raised to have my own standards. I have an existence outside of what anyone else thinks about me.”

    • Brad

      I mentioned white folks cause you made a point of saying “the rest of us not going under the bus.”
      White folks, greater society, or who ever.

      You made a point of putting off the bus the non respectable Negro’s so that we may once again gain respect from someone.

      My issue is that respectable politics will never and has never gained black people anything as a whole.

    • Jaya

      I don’t understand you. I don’t know how “respectability politics” came into this discussion. I’ve noticed that whenever anyone talks about blacks having standards and behaving like people with their own standards, other blacks start screaming about respectability politics.

      I want adult drug dealers to be thrown to the lions and that has nothing to do with wanting to be accepted by white folks or any respectability politics. Even if I lived in a black country, I would want the same thing.

    • Brad

      Are black drug dealers in the community not arrested and placed in jail every day?

      In fact based on the current drug laws they are sentenced much longer than most other common drug dealers.

      Meth, powdered cocaine or any of the other drugs that are not prevalent in the black community have far lower sentencing rates.

      There are black men and woman in prison for dealing crack in the mid 80’s. Where murderers, rapist or other drug dealers have been released years ago.

    • Jaya

      Not just talking about drug dealers. They’re not the only ones, but I’m not going to list all the destructive blacks who we allow to roam freely among us, including the dealers who are not in prison. Lots of them are not in jail. I hope you know that.

      Not much concerned about how other drug dealers don’t get the same amount of prison time as black drug dealers because they don’t usually target black youth as their customers. Black drug dealers mainly target other blacks as their main customer base.

    • Brad

      Sorry, I am interested in equal justice myself, being that I am citizen of this country.

    • Jaya

      Equal justice is an abstract concept. It doesn’t occur anywhere. Maybe I’m selfish but I’m primarily concerned with what’s happening in my backyard.

    • blogdiz

      For all we know young 15-year-old Dajerria Becton may have been raised just like you that is to have an existence outside of what anyone thinks of her ,,,It still didnt stop this cop from treating a barely 100 lb teen clad only in a bikini like a dangerous armed and hardened adult male criminal

    • Jaya

      The way I was raised also didn’t stop me from being profiled and accused of stealing.

      And if you believe in the Bible, it also didn’t stop Jesus from being persecuted and he was the son of God, a perfect person. Still . . .

    • blogdiz

      Firstly There is no proof the police chief threw him “under the bus “for all we know , Casebolt could have resigned on his own volition to avoid a long disciplinary/legal process that could still result in his dismissal/demotion.This way he saves face, gets to keep his pension maybe some racist gofund me money & can still get a job as a cop elsewhere(Both Michael Brown & Tamar Rice killers had been cops elsewhere with dubious records),Furthermore his resignation does not automatically lessen any damages from any potential suit to the PD as Casebolt was still in their employ when he was flipping around like Rambo

      Secondly the 2nd paragraph of your post is such a non sequitur that ranks of classic black respectability compulsion to introduce some Obamaesque “both sides have a lot of work to do “even in clear cut situations like this where its just not called for

      I really dont know who ‘we ” is but I do know that there several black community groups on the ground working assiduously to rid their communities of wrong doers.
      Speak to many detectives and they will tell you that a lot of the crimes solved are due to tips received within The Black Community.The Prisons are filled with alleged Black wrong doers so clearly they are not all being so coddled as you claim
      The problem that they may have is people being unwilling to be seen fraternizing with cops or witnessing in courts due to fear of retaliation.a phenomenon also seen in Russian , Italian & Hispanic etc neighborhoods

      None of the high profile cases of cop brutality /killing especially McKinley had anything to with as you say “defense and worship all kinds of destructive, self-serving blacks” but the requirement than even if someone is no angel that they are entitled to due process under the law as any other American citizen and the police have no right to be judge jury and executioner and their response must be proportionate to the alleged risk /violation

    • Brad

      A few months ago in Texas, a black school officer got into a tiff on-line with some white knuckleheads, wrote some racial stuff that became public.

      She resigned and the School Superintendent rejected her letter of resignation and fired her so that she would have a record of firing and could not get benefits.

    • blogdiz

      Exactly this was a win/win best outcome for Casebolt under the circumstances wait and see how long before his donation start rolling in as he was soooooh….. victimised and he can very well turn up somewhere else as a cop after his paid vacation Aka admin leave

    • Jaya

      No matter whether he resigned or why, I believe Casebolt got out while he could, and that’s due to his knowing he was going to be sacrificed, unlike Darren Wilson (Freddie Brown case) and most similar cases. Either way, I don’t care. We’ll never know the actual details. They take care of their own.

      I already know that some blacks don’t like it when I say that black folks have a lot more they could do to improve the situation of blacks in the U.S. I also know there are always a few blacks working overtime to improve things.

      I’m stand by my statement about taking a page from the police chief’s book and not making excuses for wrongdoers among blacks and not covering for them even when it’s harming blacks. I’ve seen this constantly and in many situations. It is just what it means. It has nothing to do with due process. I was referring to just that part.

    • blogdiz

      @Jaye said “It was very smart of this police chief to just go ahead and throw Casebolt to the lions ”

      @Jaya said “We’ll never know the actual details. They take care of their own.”

      Hmmm Which is it ? cuz Im confused

    • Jaya

      I especially think it was good move that the chief distanced himself from the wrongdoer, at least publicly. That’s an excellent step. Whatever else is happening behind the scenes, we won’t know. At least, the distancing sends a strong message to some of the other would-be wrongdoing cops that if they get caught, they will be on their own, publicly.

      Furthermore, I’m saying that when destructive blacks cause harm to other blacks, other blacks should at the very least distance themselves from the wrongdoers, even if we do nothing else. Instead, plenty of other blacks socialize with the wrongdoers and act like nothing happened. This is why some black communities are under siege and despite the brutality of racist cops, from what I’ve heard and read, it’s not the police that many of those residents fear the most.

  • vintage3000

    This is a step in the right direction, although I wonder if this thug will still receive a pension.

    Also I want to commend the two brave young Brothers who rushed to help Dajerria. It was clear even to the cops this raging demon is unhinged, and these young guys still risked their own lives to support a young lady in desperate need of being saved. And I see a lot of Black men out there in the crowd protesting as well.

    • Brad

      That being said, it should never be advised to rush up on an armed cop.

      While what those boys did was commendable they were lucky they were not shot and killed on the spot.

    • vintage3000

      Yes they were very lucky, and I don’t believe anyone would advise rushing up on an armed cop at all. Aside from everything else, human nature and impulse kicked in and it’s shocking to watch (esp. since that fat white dude in the shorts was allowed to roam freely-smdh). And it’s horrible that it’s perceived as rushing an armed cop, instead of running to help someone. I read an interview with the guy who was arrested, and he said he ran up and told Dajerria that everything was ok and someone would call her mother.

    • Brad

      Yeap, the thing was it was human nature by those boys to protect that young girl who I am sure they knew.
      We as parents just have to be diligent in trying to teach our children some of the unwritten do’s and don’ts when interacting with cops.

      In some ways with my own children, them having uncles that are cops could actually work against them. They have such a familiar attitude around them. I have to make sure they understand that interacting with some cop on the street may not be the same as with you uncle.

      In fact there uncle my brother has stories all the time about how some of his peer cops interact with black people. He is usually the more senior officer on the scene now and has actually taken over the interaction when black folks are involved. This due to the fact as he says that some of these white cops have no idea how to deal with black people at all.

      It is absolutely scary the way things are at this point.

    • vintage3000

      Yes it’s terrifying. I’ve said a million times a human rights group needs to present this epidemic to Amnesty International or somewhere to bring attention to this. Maybe if a human rights advocacy group does this it will embarrass the president into getting off his duff and actually signing executive orders that will at least begin to affect changes.

      I have never seen a police chief publicly state that one of his cops was “out of control”, and that his actions were “indefensible:” At first i was angry that his fellow officers did nothing to stop him from brutalizing the girl, but who knows. I am sure he has done this before, and since they knew someone was filming the whole thing maybe these cops thought finally everyone will see how this psycho operates. And if that one little white kid did not film this with his cell phone, it would be business as usual in McKinney.

    • Brad

      I think one thing that was a wake up call for some black folks who have looked at some of these things as only taking place in “the hood”.

      Is the fact that this took place in an integrated suburban neighborhood. All of a sudden we see clearly that there is no escaping.

    • vintage3000

      Exactly, and even though this party was very integrated we were still targeted as being “part of the mob” this cretin accused those boys of.

    • Brad

      Yeap, they just don’t see any of us as anything but violent criminals.

      I run into it all the time with my daughters. Recently when my youngest tried to become a volunteer at the animal shelter she and her friend were denied due to them ‘not being qualified” to walk and cage the animals. Of course out of all the people qualified to volunteer only the two teenage black girls were denied.

      I was use to it because they very same thing happen when my oldest daughter went to volunteer at the hospital in the Pharmacy. They told her they were not able to accommodate her and her friend in the Pharmacy. But, the gift show would be a better fit for them.

      In the case of my oldest we wrote a letter and made them accept her into the Pharmacy. In the case of my youngest we will just have her volunteer at the hospital.

      The issue was simply these places were not interested in having no black girls doing things that had only previously done by little white girls and boys.

    • vintage3000

      I don’t have children, so I can’t imagine how painful it is to be a good parent raising a family and dealing with them being dismissed like this. That two young, innocent children who only want to help others are discriminated against; it’s infuriating. “They” don’t expect educated Black people like you and your wife to advocate for their children. A lot of these people are not far removed from the spitting, cursing mobs who terrorized black students duringthe civil rights movement. Then they would go home and bake cookies for their spawn while spewing the n word. Unbelievable.

    • Me

      bravo to you for not letting your daughter stop at “no”. they use coded language to deny our advancement at every turn, and i’m glad to hear a young sista had the opportunity to overcome the system even in this small way. these are the examples of everyday attacks on the black community that we need to learn how to fight against. the things we see on the news definitely deserve our attention, but we can’t allow ourselves to overlook the day to day battles against our livelihood. i wish the best for your daughters & i thank you for winning this victory for the black community & for black women specifically. we all benefit from having another black woman wearing a white coat.

    • Brad

      Yes she had an interest in being a pharmacist so we wanted her to volunteer at a pharmacy. It was a great experience for her even though she was often mistreated and had to put up with snarky comments at the site. She has since entered college majoring now in Public Relations.

      We decided not to pursue it the same way, out side of making a call to the animal shelter with a letter to follow for our youngest. We will just get her a volunteer ship at a hospital.

    • Me

      i’m glad she was able to get the experience. even if she decides to become a professional underwater bubble blower, being exposed to the possibilities is a very important learning tool that more black students need access to.

    • disq141synergy

      It is not right for obvious reasons that your daughters were denied to volunteer with animals and at the pharmacy. Also, animals shelters across America need volunteers. The non profit and non government funded cat and dog rescue group in Calif. I volunteer at really needs diversity, volunteers are least 95% white women!

    • Mary Burrell

      I am so glad there wasn’t a shooting.

    • grendo

      Why didn’t the kids just leave when told?

  • [email protected]

    First, the video tells the story. Casebolt acted as an irrational terrorist. The police institution is filled with sociopaths, racists, and evil people who don’t give a (concern) about black human lives. Decades ago, many cops used dogs and water hoses on civil rights protesters. 30 years ago, cops bombed and killed members of the MOVE organization. Almost one year ago, some officers illegally arrested journalists and peaceful protesters (while they used tear gas on even innocent children) in Ferguson, Missouri. We have seen the footage ourselves. Even the Justice Department documented the corruption found in the Cleveland police department. So, this isn’t the case of a few bad apples. This is an epidemic where the Blue Wall of Silence is in existence.

    Therefore, oppression occurs not because of what we wear. Oppression occurs because a nefarious system perpetuates oppression against black people, against the poor, and against others in this world. The ex-police officer was a coward to abuse a young teenage girl and for pulling a gun out against unarmed males as well. This is not right. Casebolt resigned. That’s a good development, but we have so much more to go. Outlining real police terrorism has nothing to do with smearing anyone. It has to do with exposing a real problem. In actuality, cops who do evil, smear themselves. All of the facts should come out involving this case.

    As some have mentioned, Casebolt could receive his pension and drive into the sunset, which would be very unfortunate. That is why activists want the ex-cop to be charged and he should be charged. Laws must be changed, structures must change, and economic plus social justice must be made into a reality.

  • Mary Burrell

    On the news his attorney spoke and said Casebolt was stressed from a previous call where witnessed an African American man who committed suicide and he had to stay and comfort that dead man’s wife and family. He then went on a another call where a teenage girl was threatening suicide and all the previous days encounters had him stressed out by the time he got to the pool party. His attorney says the media is painting him as a bad person.He is in hiding and receiving death threats.

    • blogdiz

      Let me take out my violins