Skip to comments.McKinney Officer Resigns Amid Pool Party Investigation
Posted on 06/09/2015 9:47:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Officer's resignation effectively ends internal investigation by McKinney police
"As the chief of police, I want to say to our community that the actions of Casebolt, as seen on the video, of the disturbance at the community pool, are indefensible," said Chief Greg Conley, during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. "Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support these actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident."
As Casebolt and two officers first responded to the scene, teens were said to be running from the area as officers tried to gain control of the situation
"Our citizens called us to a fight in progress and a general disturbance at the community pool. We responded. I do not condone the actions of those individuals who violated the rules of the community, showed disrespect to the security person on scene and to the officers who responded," Conley said. "However, we as a department are held to a high standard ... as we do our jobs. I support the fine men and women of the McKinney Police Department, who day in and day out, do an outstanding job on behalf of all of our citizens."
Police said nine additional officers were called to the scene and the disruption was eventually brought under control.
"I have 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training. They did an excellent job," Conley said. Video showing the incident sparked national scrutiny of the officer's actions. Meanwhile, Casebolt was placed on administrative leave while his actions were investigated.
Casebolt resigned Tuesday through his attorney and did not issue an apology, police said Tuesday.
The teen in the bikini taken to the ground by Casebolt was eventually released without being cited.
"I was wondering what was going through his head. Why would he even come to the scene and act in the manner in which he acted?" said Dana Bakari, whose daughter, Jahda, was at the party on Friday night.
The family lives in the Craig Ranch North neighborhood.
Casebolt's resignation effectively ends the investigation by the McKinney Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.
"We may never know, but at the same time, too, I am relieved that he's no longer at the police force here in McKinney," Dana Bakari said.
On Monday night, the Craig Ranch North Homeowners' Association sent an email to its members, saying, in part, "This is a peaceful, increasingly-diverse neighborhood that is growing and thriving because of our difference in background, race, reasons for moving here, and in many other ways."
"I just hope it doesn't shed a negative light here," Dana Bakari said.
Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, released a statement Tuesday following Casebolt's resignation.
"To protect any community, law enforcement officials must respect that community. The resignation of Cpl. Eric Casebolt is a good first step, but hardly the last," Brooks said.
Brooks went on to say the NAACP, "will continue working with community members and law enforcement to ensure that no one, especially the young people of McKinney, are ever again the victims of excessive force, racial profiling and police brutality."
One person was arrested for evading arrest/detention and interference with public duties. Police said Tuesday that those charges were dropped.
McKinney police said they have reached out to the teens involved and asked if they wanted to press charges. So far only one person has responded.
NBC 5's Amanda Guerra, Ray Villeda, Don Peritz, Kevin Young and Brian Roth contributed to this report.
I’ve known several cops who burned out ... their actions were similar. Just a personal observation.
It’s obvious that he just lost it. He went into a rage. The other officers did not. He shouldn’t be a police officer, thats all. And once again, all police officers should realize that everything they do is being recorded.
It seems the objective is to destroy municipal police forces using the ferals as the tool to do the job. That way the new international U.N. police force with lots more toys and APCs can move in to support the NWO and take over....
“Its obvious that he just lost it. He went into a rage. The other officers did not. He shouldnt be a police officer, thats all. And once again, all police officers should realize that everything they do is being recorded.”
Yep. I hope they continue to point out that 11 other officers did it exactly right.
Just like anything else. The majority does it right but one cop, who at the very least, is having some obvious anger management issues totally blows the good work and the goodwill that the others have earned.
Well said. You're absolutely right. To survive, local police agencies need to work harder to keep bad cops out. Btw, I think most bad cops are just afraid. . They don't escalate and de-escalate the use of force in a reasonable way.They skip steps, and that's a problem.
If you look at the tape there were two THUGS coming from behind him
What started this
The people in the community called the police because Thugs came and TREPASSED and harassed property owners and their children.
Neither you nor anyone else has any idea what the other cops were doing! WHY ? Because you have only been shown one tiny bit of phone video and told. REPEATEDLY, that this is a "bad"/RACIST cop!
> They skip steps, and that’s a problem.
As former LEO I think you have a point. They may need to stop hiring gung ho types with split personalities that have anger management issues for starters. On the other hand people that haven’t been police officers don’t have a fundamental understanding of what they go through every day and the demands of the job don’t have proper understanding to make an informed opinion. They’re just reacting to what the MSM tells them is the truth.
its crazy when people think they have the ability to resist arrest...wouldn’t ever want to be a cop in these times
“I see we have a couple of Trolls here.
If you look at the tape there were two THUGS coming from behind him”
You are correct! They need to get up to speed and see all the videos, not just 7 minutes of a 30 minute melee. Start here;
“As former LEO I think you have a point. They may need to stop hiring gung ho types with split personalities that have anger management issues for starters. On the other hand people that havent been police officers dont have a fundamental understanding of what they go through every day and the demands of the job dont have proper understanding to make an informed opinion.”
I think more of the focus should be on the 11 cops who got it right.
JMHO but they didn’t escalate and helped keep this incident from getting all the way out of control.
Sadly that’s been overlooked because of the video. Of course the video was going to be of the out of control cop because he was the one drawing attention to himself.
I wish the chief of police would have named the guys who got it right and talked more about that.
There is NO video of the other cops, so we do NOT know WHAT they did or didn’t do! Also, that tiny b it of video that everyone keeps showing came at the end of close to TWO HOURS of the now resigned officer trying to control that 130 strong MOB alone !
“There is NO video of the other cops, so we do NOT know WHAT they did or didnt do! Also, that tiny b it of video that everyone keeps showing came at the end of close to TWO HOURS of the now resigned officer trying to control that 130 strong MOB alone !”
There’s a little bit of one cop right at the beginning. When the kids hand him a flashlight somebody dropped.
In any event it’s done now.
The chief of police said he was out of control. He praised the other 11 for being professional and getting it right.
Eric Casebolt has resigned and the whole affair seems to be over.
All that’s left is to see what, if anything< happens with the court.
Will Casebolt be indicted? Probably not.
Will the city have to pay out some Money to the girl? Probably.
The rest of it is finished.
It’s obnoxious to see how the media have completely distorted a story to the point of no recognition. The girl was given a lawful order to disperse, refused to do so, because she thought she had a right to trespass and use vulgar language in front of children. She then refused a lawful order to sit down, and chose to verbally and physically resist. The next step is physical force. Doesn’t matter if she’s a girl. If she’s hysterical and resisting commands, the cop was in the right. As for the gun thing, the twothugs were sshouting and charging on his blind side, closing in just a few feet. Totally justified, but I keep hearing him portrayed as pulling a gun for no reason!
The lie will live on and join a list of other lies that go on to infinity.
“the cop was in the right”
The McKinney chief of police disagrees with you.
He said Casebolt went in out of control. He did praise the other 11 officers for their professionalism.
He also laid some of the blame on the kids for their behavior.
McKinney isn’t Ferguson. It’s a pretty well off suburb of Dallas.
The girl who got pushed down lives in that subdivision.
It’s not the Hood and those kids aren’t gangstas.
There’s no rioting or looting going on and the matter’s closed.
The cop resigned as he should have.
Everybody is more or less satisfied.
The video evidence would disagree with the chief and media narrative.
I suspect the HOA will bring civil damages against the girl and her mother for running a commercial enterprise (promotion of future entrance charged events) on private property without HOA authorization. Also the mother/daughter’s promotion of “Make it Clap”, with that phrase being a vulgar sexual connotation, denotes a certain mindset in tune with urban black culture. Their ‘crew’(Dime Piece Models) includes females as young as 13. Classy bunch.....
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