McKinney Cop Placed On Leave After Chokeslamming 15 Year Old Girl
June 8, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — If you’ve been aching for the right place to issue a trigger warning, you might want to try a pool party in McKinney, Texas. So what if the partygoers were just teenagers? Put enough kids in bathing suits and towels together and it can be overwhelming, even for the most dedicated police officer. If he’s a foul-mouthed, violent moron, of course.
The video focuses on one cop, apparently a corporal by the stripes on his arm and a coward by the one down his back. What could possibly give rise to such an angry and vigorous response?
According to the McKinney, Texas, Police Department, officers were dispatched to deal with juveniles who did “not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave.” Other reports claim that black children at the event were subjected to racist remarks and that police were responding to an assault report.
If, by chance, you don’t appreciate the “code” embedded in the statement, these kids did “not live in the area,” meaning they’re not from around here. They’re not “our kind” of kids.
Ironically, there are others saying that these kids were given a pass to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool, but that an adult present wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of their darkening up the joint, and make a crack about their returning to their “section 8” neighborhood. A fight ensued, though without the 911 call that precipitated the police response, it remains an unknown.
The officer begins cuffing some of the boys, then stands anxiously in the street for some time before returning to where more youngsters are gathering.
“Don’t make me fucking run around here with thirty pounds of god-damn gear in the sun,” he shouts at them. Moments later, all the while bellowing more or less incoherently, he drags a girl in a bikini to the ground, then pulls a weapon on nearby kids as they surround them.
There were a great many young people around, and the cops had no clue which, if any, had engaged in any conduct that was even arguably improper. But hell, that presented no issue. After all, barking commands to anyone deemed sufficiently subversive created the law of the moment in the mind of the unnamed corporal*, and failure to do as commanded was wrong enough as far as he was concerned.
Then there was his mouth. One recurring, and disturbing, theme in so many videos of police encounters is that the calm, tempered words that flow, whether on the witness stand or press conference, give way to some needlessly nasty language in the street.
Were any of these teenagers using similar language toward the officer? Well, the young lady in the bikini, a 15-year-old, did cry out with the word “mother,” but it was a plea for her parent, not followed by a particularly foul epithet.
But none of this unseemliness compares to the impropriety of the challenged corporal drawing his weapon. To be clear, no cop should unholster his gun unless “the circumstances create a reasonable belief that lethal force may become necessary.” That’s not me saying so, but the United States Department of Justice.
By arbitrarily grabbing a 15-year-old, bikini-clad female by the neck, forcing her facedown to the ground, putting a knee in her back with the weight of the cop against her spine, others rallied to her aid. They did what good young people should do, react in a way to protect someone who does not deserve to be harmed and humiliated. But it was a police officer doing so? And that changes what?
Pulling his gun at unarmed teens, whose “crime” is being at a pool where their dark skin might discolor the filtered water, is outrageous. When guns get pulled, people get hurt. Even if he meant it only to scare them away, pointed guns fire and even teenagers who have done nothing to deserve it can die as a result.
The McKinney police were not amused by these antics either.
McKinney police said Sunday that an officer has been placed on administrative leave after a Friday evening disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool that created a buzz on social media.
“Several concerns about the conduct of one of the officers at the scene have been raised,” Conley said. “The McKinney Police Department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law. We are committed to preserving the peace and safety of our community for all our citizens.”
It’s a shame that this commitment to “treating all persons fairly under the law” wasn’t caught on video, and instead all that was recorded was a cop abusing his authority, engaging in arbitrary and unjustified force, using language that disgraced his uniform and pulling out his gun when there was no legal authority to do so.
All this because some kids went to a party at a pool when they didn’t live in the area. Kids who happen to be black.
*The officer involved is Eric Casebolt, a ten year veteran. The Dallas Morning News reports that Casebolt joined the department in August 2005, according to the officer’s LinkedIn page. He also worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety as a highway patrol trooper from 2003-2005 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1993-2003.