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Officer at Texas Pool Party Had Responded to Two Suicide Calls, Lawyer Says

June 11, 2015  | 

A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer said, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls, reports the Associated Press.

As activists demanded Wednesday that prosecutors charge the former McKinney (Texas) PD officer, his attorney Jane Bishkin said he apologizes for his treatment of the girl and to others offended by his actions Friday at a community pool in the Dallas suburb of McKinney.

“With all that happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him,” Bishkin said of her client.

However, the attorney for Dajerria Becton, the 15-year-old girl whom the former officer subdued, said that while her client’s family appreciated the apology, his stress is not an adequate defense.

The officer’s first call that day was to an apartment complex where a man had fatally shot himself in front of his wife and children, Bishkin said. The former officer of the year, who resigned Tuesday, then went to a home where a teenager was threatening to kill herself by jumping from the roof of her parents’ home. He successfully talked her down.

“[His] compassion during these two incidents is a testament to his character,” Bishkin said, acknowledging that they had taken an “emotional toll” and made him reluctant to respond to the pool party. Ultimately, he did after hearing a violent assault had occurred, she said.

Related:

Texas Officer Resigns After Pool Party Video Goes Viral

Video: Texas Officer Suspended Following Pool Party Incident


Comments (9)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/11/2015 7:50 PM

These rich kids are all just a bunch of whiners. Even if they are not rich they are still a bunch of whiners. So is the biased media.

Sgt. Phil Werkmeister (Re @ 6/11/2015 9:44 PM

Unfortunately, I think the actions of a good portion of the people in America are bearing down hard on the emotions of ALL this Nation's Police Officers.....When we have no more Police, what happens, and who do we blame then?

Tone @ 6/12/2015 4:10 AM

Regardless if this officer had to deal with two suicide cases, he's still the professional who acted unbecomingly. There's no excuses to be made here. Being a police is a stressful job and if he felt stressed he should've opted out of his main role and allowed the brothers to take that lead. Sorry Mr. Attorney but you sound like your client was in fact guilty of acting in that manner.

Rick @ 6/12/2015 7:07 AM

He was stressed out, so instead of talking with his supervisor, he brandishes a weapon at teenagers for making noise. If he had experienced a negligent discharge of his duty weapon while brandishing that weapon, he could have been going to prison for manslaughter. He shouldn't have brandished the weapon and acted like he did.

S.S. @ 6/12/2015 8:10 AM

There is soooo much to this story than what the media is telling you. If you wanna talk about racist assholes that community is a white upper middle class neighborhood, and when the first came out, that small community did not like the fact that there were black teens in the area. A white female also assaulted a 19 year old female by telling her to get use to the bars because that's usually where they end up anyways. Then she punched the 19 yr. old, and then a couple of other white females joined in. I can only imagine who the residents in the area told the 911 dispatchers too. Those residents are just as guilty. They lied and used the police to do their dirty work.

KvCopAz @ 6/12/2015 12:26 PM

The officer resigned prematurely! Sounds like a PTSD to me! Perhaps someone can help him seek treatment and he can once again serve. No one was in red, no laws broken so why should he and his family lose income and livelihood? The McKinney PD should step up and help this office (Officer of the year!)

OTJ24YRS @ 6/15/2015 6:58 AM

Please explain why any of you feel he acted improperly. He was obviously attempting to take an uncooperative suspect into custody when he was bum rushed by two capable assailants. For all he knew at the time he was the only officer on scene and what reasonable person rushes a police officer while making an arrest. Is he supposed to let the scene get out of control at the expense of his own safety. Police officers are paid to do a job not be a punching bag for thugs. Officers are supposed to take control and he did and he de-escalated as soon as the threat dissipated. I see that he did nothing wrong. Maybe the two thugs will think twice about rushing a cop in the future. Had they not crapped their pants and touched the officer they could have found themselves shot and given the fact that there were more than one of them and interfering with an arrest, it is my belief that he would have been justified no matter what his cowardly administration or what the race baiters say.

OTJ24YRS @ 6/15/2015 7:12 AM

As to his resignation I was not there so I am not for sure but it was likely coerced a resign or be fired conversation. Also quit listening to your attorney about playing it out in the media trying to gain sympathy about the suicide calls. Rest on the fact you did good sound police work and if the admin doesn't support you because it afraid that the race baiters will come to town or its afraid of the DOJ know that there are GOOD COPS around the nation that sympathize with you and Support you.

Tone @ 6/18/2015 12:30 AM

Stop speaking for the officer and stick to what the facts in the video showed. Apparently this officer was attempting to gain control by losing control. The video showed an officer wrestling a young girl to the ground not successfully until slamming her head into the ground and then resting his knees in her back. That incident stirred the emotions of several on lookers including the teen boys rushing from the side. In that situation a threat hadn't happened. It was clearly two boys clearly shouting something perhaps at the situation, the officer then pulled out his gun, not his taser, but a more lethal weapon to scare off the teens. The officer as you put thought he was alone..? He couldn't have if he gave a command for the two officers to chase those boys. The point is that officer over reacted and didn't exercise the means of his voice, but perhaps his physical approach with a stern tone. That situation escalated from the officers energy not the teens being teens. And thugs? Wowww.

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