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Video: Grand Jury Says No Charges for Texas Officer in Pool Party Incident

June 24, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Grand Jury Says No Charges for Texas Officer in Pool Party Incident

A Collin County (TX) Grand Jury declined to indict a former McKinney police officer for his role in breaking up a pool party last June and taking down a 15-year-old girl.

The girl, her family and her attorney now say they’ll still see the officer and McKinney officials in court.

Eric Casebolt was caught on video pushing then 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and drawing his service weapon on other teens. Casebolt resigned from the department shortly after the incident, which drew nationwide attention.

Tom Mills, Casebolt's attorney, said his client has been waiting for the grand jury's decision.

"He was very happy, he was very relieved," said Mills. “He mentioned that he had not been actively seeking employment for a while to kinda get this cloud, this issue, resolved in his life.”

Police said officers were responding to reports that teens unauthorized to use the pool were jumping a fence to gain entry. Residents of the neighborhood had said teens attending an end-of-school party at the pool and adjacent park were acting unruly.

Local and national civil rights groups days later held a protest in front of the McKinney Police Department, asking that prosecutors charge the former police corporal for his actions. Police Chief Greg Conley had called his actions "indefensible."

The Texas Rangers investigated Casebolt for his actions during the pool party incident at Craig Ranch and presented their findings to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. The grand jury issued its no-bill on Thursday, Fox 4 News reports.

 


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Deputy Moose @ 6/25/2016 7:58 AM

Not to worry CC, the taxpayers of Texas will provide the follow-up 'justice'.

Ree Verse @ 6/25/2016 8:27 AM

How would the discussion and outcome have been if the responding officer was black and girl and her friends been white? For some reason, I think the after-the-fact reactions would have been far different but equally unsatisfactory. So unfortunate all around.

John retired IA PD @ 6/25/2016 12:40 PM

The video supplied with this story does not show what happened leading up to the officers actions. I wonder what the teens actions were leading up to being placed on the ground by the officer. Seems like it is always about the officers actions and they should have done something differently. There is the possibility that things could have been handled differently. But what you don't hear is what the suspect did which initiated the action in the first place. Or their refusal to follow legal commands given by the police. They feel that they don't have to comply with any authority figure. Wouldn't it be nice if the parents of these teens protested, saying they will make sure their kids don't break the law?

Dave @ 6/27/2016 10:39 AM

We are full of knee jerk reactions, including their own Chief of Police, in full Monday morning quarterbacking uniform, throwing his own officer to the racial wolves. As usual, as the "whole story" unfolds and is told, time after time the officer is exonerated and the taxpayer is left wondering how this got so far out of hand. It is pretty simple: Comply with the lawful order of a police officer and you have nothing to fear. You have to swallow your pride an do as you are told, but you only have to eat crow, not dirt.

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