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Texas Cop Won’t Face Charges For Roughing Up Black Teenage Girl

CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE
CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE

A grand jury in Collin County, Texas has decided not to indict Eric Casebolt, the former McKinney police officer who was caught on video roughing up a black teenage girl last summer while responding to a report of a disturbance at a community pool.

The video shows white cops detaining, handcuffing and, at one point, physically holding down black teenagers at a neighborhood pool. At one point, Casebolt grabs a bikini-clad black teenage girl by the hair and wrestles her to the ground. He later sits on her in an apparent effort to prevent her from getting up.

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Casebolt resigned from the police department shortly after video of the incident went viral last year, but thanks to Thursday’s decision, he won’t face any criminal charges. Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed that cops were called after adults at the pool made racist comments, telling them to leave and return to “Section 8 [public] housing.” The teen shown being roughed up, Dajerria Becton, told BuzzFeed that Casebolt’s actions hurt her back.

“Him getting fired is not enough,” she said.

The city of McKinney released the following statement as news of the grand jury’s “no bill” decision circulated (via the local CBS affiliate):

The McKinney Police Department’s mission is to make the city a safe place to live, work and visit for everyone. In light of this, we seek to work in partnership with all who live and work in this great city. The incident at the Craig Ranch Pool in 2015 was turned over to the Texas Rangers for investigation. The Rangers concluded their investigation and presented it to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. On Thursday June 23, the District Attorney’s office presented the findings of the Ranger’s investigation to a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury’s decision was to “No Bill” any charges against Eric Casebolt in relation to the June 2015 incident.

The McKinney Police Department will be holding a community forum at the Old Settler’s Recreation Center 1201 E. Louisiana Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 on Monday June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Several community leaders involved with the Police Chief’s Advisory Council will be on hand to speak at the meeting focusing on the theme: Moving Forward, Strengthening Police and Community Relationships. All McKinney residents are invited to attend this meeting.

The incident prompted a massive demonstration in McKinney as well as a ThinkProgress investigation that found that McKinney police were ticketing African Americans at 4.77 percent above their population of 10.5 percent in the city.