Eric Casebolt has resigned as a corporal days after he was seen pulling a teenager in a bikini to the ground and cuffing her. The incident took place in McKinney, Texas and was taped by a witness who posted the video on YouTube. The footage shows police officers responding to reports about fighting at a pool party and captures a white police officer swearing at black children. He was also seen pulling a weapon on an unarmed teen.
Protesters took to the streets on Monday and angry parents demanded the firing of Casebolt. Police Chief Greg Conley characterized Casebolt's behavior as indefensible. "Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support his actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident."
Casebolt was on administrative leave prior to his resignation. The internal review into the incident has thus closed and it remains to be seen if the officer will face charges, said Conley. Casebolt's lawyer did not comment on the course of events.
Media report that fighting broke out at the pool party on Friday when two white women told black teenagers to "go back to their Section 8 homes." According to the party host Tatyana Rhodes, she was slapped in the face by one of the women. "I'm happy that he's resigning," Rhodes said. "I feel that everyone in McKinney will feel better that he's resigning. ... It's the first step."