This past Friday police were called to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas in response to calls for a disturbance involving a large number of teenagers. According to the callers the young people did not live in the community and didn’t have permission to be there.
The McKinney Police Department said in a statement that officers were called to the neighborhood, responding to reports of a “disturbance” involving multiple juveniles who “do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave.”
One of the officers, later identified as Cpl. Eric Casebolt, was recorded pinning a teen girl to the ground and handcuffing her. At one point, Casebolt, who is white, could be seen pulling the girl’s hair and pushing her face toward the ground.
The officer also appeared to draw his gun and point it toward several teens in the area. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
But according to the host of the pool party most of the young people there were residents of the community.
A woman identified as Tatiana Rhodes, 19, said that she and some friends had organized and were enjoying the party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool on June 5 when the conflict with a white neighbor broke out.
“This lady was saying racial slurs to some friends that came to the cookout. She was saying such things as ‘black effer’ and ‘that’s why you live in Section 8 homes,’ ” Rhodes told E. Johnson IV, a photographer who recorded the conversation and uploaded it online.
More insults were traded. One neighbor said “go back to your Section 8 home,” Rhodes said, referring to a form of federal housing assistance for low-income people.
A 7 minute video was uploaded to YouTube was uploaded this weekend. The video shows one officer, Cpl. Eric Casebolt manhandling a black teenage girl and chasing her friends around with a gun.
I had to watch this video several times. Eric Casebolt acted like a rogue cop on a mission to yell at any black kid he laid eyes on.
He didn’t seem to be yelling at any white kids, especially the one filming the whole thing. What was with the fat white guy (only way I can describe him) walking around like he’s been deputized and standing over the young black girl. And what was with the manhandling of the young black teenager? He just threw her to the ground and treated her like a rag doll with his knee on her back. The way he threw her to the ground reminded me of the Indian grandfather thrown to the ground in Madison, Alabama back in March.
Brandon Brooks, the young white person who filmed the entire episode said he was ignored by the police yet everyone who was targeted by the police were black.
Cpl Eric Casebolt has been suspended with pay. He did not handle this situation well at all. He needs to be fired. According to the McKinney Police Dept:
Pool Party Incident:
On June 5, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers from the McKinney Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool. The initial call came in as a disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave. McKinney Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting.
First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation.
McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department. At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.