The Texas cop who went barrel rolling into the national spotlight in a viral video showing him slamming a teenage girl to the ground before pulling a gun on her friends has resigned.
Eric Casebolt, who was a corporal at the McKinney Police Department, has been trending on social media for the last three days due to his rampage caught on video that was described as “out of control” by his chief, who was unable to defend the 10-year veteran in a Tuesday evening press conference..
He came into the call out of control and as the video shows was out of control during the incident.” Conley said. “I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training.”
“Our policies, our training, our practice do not support his actions.”
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller was also in attendance, and tried to add a positive spin to the embarrassing incident by saying that the “incident is not indicative of McKinney as a whole.”
The Mayor has a case. Mckinney is not all that bad. The city was voted Time’s best place to live in America in 2014.
However, those who have crossed paths with Corporal Eric Casebolt may have a different opinion. Since newsrooms across the country have raced to break news on the now infamous video, reports conclude that Casebolt was the target of a lawsuit for civil rights violations. The allegations included racial profiling, harassment, failure to render aid and sexual assault.
That lawsuit was filed in 2008 – the same year he was named “Officer of the Year.”
The lawsuit names several officers, including Casebolt, who allegedly forced a man to drop his pants along the side of the road on the suspicion that the plaintiff, Albert E. Brown Jr. had marijuana on his person.
After Casebolt dropped the man’s pants, Brown claims another officer made him spread his legs so he could shine a light into his anus.
All of the officers’ named in the suit dodged a major bullet when the case was dismissed in 2009 by a federal judge due to Brown’s pending charges, which were eventually dismissed.
However, Brown never refiled the lawsuit, so Casebolt and his fellow men in blue were free to roam the streets. That was until Casebolt decided he wanted to put his ‘self-defense’ training into action on several unwilling participants following the famous pool party gone bad.
Nonetheless, Casebolt provided the entire world some very important lessons:
He reminded everyone how crucial it is to record police: Without the (horizontal) video shot by the hero, Brandon Brooks, the actions of Eric Casebolt would have never came to light. No one would have believed such a story from a bunch of teenagers, and Casebolt would have been lauded a savior. Recording police is critical to expose the criminal tactics of police that have largely been invisible. That is, until the smartphone was invented.
He provided a lesson to every cop on how not to handle a large gathering: There has been plenty of debate over the behavior of the kids at the pool and whether or not they had been invited or trespassing. Regardless of the situation that led to police being called, Casebolt has provided police a textbook example of how not to handle a group of non-aggressive kids who he had not witnessed break a law. Love it or hate it, people still have rights. Citizens are legally protected against out-of-control cops who illegally detain without a reasonable articulable suspicion that one has or is about to commit a crime. Pool parties or large gatherings do not provide cops with super powers.
Here is the PINAC condensed version with Hawaii Five O music for comedy relief.