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Calls mount to fire Texas officer who threw youth to ground

Monday, June 08, 2015 - 01:18

Advocates in Texas call for the firing of Officer Eric Casebolt, after video shows him roughly handling a black youth during a pool party. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Advocates in Texas said on Monday (June 8) they want justice after they say a police officer responded unjustly to a disturbance at a pool party on Friday (June 5). A rally is planned for Monday in the Dallas-area city of McKinney calling for the firing of the white police officer seen in a viral video throwing a black teenage girl to the ground and pointing his pistol at other youths at the pool party in the city about 30 miles north of Dallas. McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of how he responded to a disturbance at the party, an incident that has raised fresh questions about racial bias in U.S. policing. Casebolt is seen in the video shouting obscenities at black youths in a multiracial crowd, placing a black youth in handcuffs, briefly pointing his gun at the youths and throwing a bathing suit-clad girl to the ground, burying his knees in her back to keep her prone. "From our understanding and what we were told, that the officer never asked any questions. He jumped out of the car and immediately started running to the black kids," said Rev. Ronald Wright, Executive Director Justice Seekers Texas during a news conference on Monday. "Eric Casebolt has a very extensive military background and as we look at this video we can tell there are some very serious psych evaluations that need to be done," said Dominique Alexander, the president of the Next Generation Action Network, which is organizing the rally, during the news conference. Casebolt, a 10-year veteran who was once named the department's patrolman of the year, was questioned by authorities on Monday, local media reported. He has not spoken publicly about the incident. The seven-minute video, which has been viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube as of Monday morning, shows several officers responding to the incident, which police said started when scores of youths attended a party with a DJ at a community's pool and refused requests to leave. Several people wrote on the McKinney Police Facebook page the youths antagonized police and that they should have obeyed when officers told them to stay put and keep quiet. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said he was "disturbed and concerned by the incident". McKinney has about 150,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. African-Americans make up 10.5 percent of the population and whites about 75 percent.

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Calls mount to fire Texas officer who threw youth to ground

Monday, June 08, 2015 - 01:18