McKinney Police slams a bikini clad teenage girl to the ground in Texas TheWWShoW 6/10/2015
There’s more to Eric Casebolt than the video that showed the former police corporal slamming a bikini-clad teenage girl to the ground in McKinney, Texas, his lawyer told reporters Wednesday.
And there’s more to that day than those seven minutes caught on video, attorney Jane Bishkin said.
“The video that everyone has seen only depicts a small part of Eric’s actions that day,” Bishkin said, noting that Casebolt had responded to two suicide calls earlier Friday.
Casebolt resigned on Tuesday, days after a YouTube video showing his response to reports of fighting at a McKinney pool party sparked swift allegations of racism.
Critics decried the white officer for cursing at several black teenagers, unholstering and waving his gun at boys and throwing the 14-year-old girl to the ground, his knees pressed down on her back.
Bishkin said the suicide calls Casebolt dealt with earlier in his shift that day took an “emotional toll” on the 10-year veteran of the force.
The officer’s first stop of the day was an apartment complex, where a man had shot himself in the head in front of his family by the pool. Then, he headed to a home where a teenage girl was threatening to jump off her parents’ roof. There, Casebolt helped calm the girl down so she could be taken to the hospital, Bishkin said.
When reports of possible trespassing at a pool in McKinney’s Craig Ranch neighborhood came through, Casebolt was “reluctant to respond … given what he had just been through,” his attorney said. But he felt it was duty to go to the scene after there were reports of “possible violent assaults,” she said. The video tells some of the story, but not all of it, his attorney said.
“With all that happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him,” Bishkin said. “Eric regrets that his conduct portrayed him and his department in a negative light. He never intended to mistreat anyone, but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges it presented. He apologizes to all who are offended. That day was not representative of the 10-year service to the community of McKinney, and it is his hope that by his resignation the community may start to heal.”