Officials in Texas are poring over details surrounding a pool party bust Friday night in McKinney, Texas after viral video showed a police officer drawing his gun and pinning down a teenage girl.
McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt has been placed on administrative leave and some are calling for him to be fired. Use-of-force experts say Casebolt failed to de-escalate the situation, should not have drawn his weapon, and used excessive force on the young woman. Area residents told local news outlets that the teens were antagonizing the police. McKinney is an affluent, primarily white community.
The police department said many of the black youths did not have guest access to the pool. The ACLU of Texas released a statement saying "[I]n too many cities, there are two kinds of policing and we saw both in this incident: one serving and protecting the white community and one criminalizing and controlling communities of color." If you've watched the seven-minute video on YouTube, what's your takeaway?
ADVISORY: This video contains profanity and violence.
Robert Taylor, Professor of Criminology and use-of-force expert, University of Texas at Dallas; Taylor has worked with the McKinney police department
Satinder Singh, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Texas