A McKinney police officer is on leave after a video was posted over the weekend showing him throwing a teenage girl to the ground and sitting on her and drawing his gun on other teens at a pool party disturbance.
The incident happened on Friday about 7:15 p.m. at the Craig Ranch North community pool according to McKinney police and has raised questions about racial bias and police overreach.
McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt is seen on the video taking down 15-year-old Dajerria Becton, an invited guest who says she was not involved in the fight.
“He grabbed me, twisted my arm on my back and shoved me in the grass and started pulling the back of my braids,” Becton said. “I was telling him to get off me because my back was hurting bad.”
Becton tried to get up, but Casebolt pinned her to the ground holding her down with both knees. She was eventually released to her family, who weren’t happy with how the teen was treated.
“It wasn’t right, I think his force was excessive,” said Becton’s aunt.
The teen hopes to see action from McKinney police officials.
“Him getting fired is not enough,” Becton said.
Rev. Ronald Wright of the Justice Seekers said he’s asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the officer’s actions.
“It is our hope and prayer that the chief police and the mayor of this city will handle this situation,” Wright said.
The host of the pool party spoke out in a video. She said she lives in the subdivision and had invited friends of both races, but that a group of white women started yelling racial slurs at her friends and told them to “go back to their SECTION 8 HOUSING.”
McKinney’s Mayor, Brian Loughmiller, also released a statement on Sunday following Friday’s incident.
“Having seen the You Tube Video 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. We will continue to monitor the situation through our City Manager’s office and will continue to work with community leaders as we follow this investigative process.”