Here's an update on the cop caught on tape terrorizing a bunch of teenagers at a pool party in McKinney, Texas.
The HuffPo has more details on the entire incident, the officer drawing his gun on the kids and what happened at the pool prior to the police arriving:
A Texas police officer has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation after video surfaced showing one cop pulling a gun on a crowd of teens at a pool party while others handcuffed teenage partygoers.
Police on Friday evening were called to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, roughly 40 miles north of Dallas. McKinney police said in a statement they were responding to a disturbance "involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave," and that some of them were fighting.
A roughly 7-minute clip of the incident was published on YouTube Saturday and shows officers running after teens, with one aggressively handcuffing a black male teen while pinning a black girl to the ground by her head as she cried for her mother. [...]
"There was a fight, the cops showed up and started putting people on the ground for no reason," Brandon Brooks, who shot the YouTube video, told The Huffington Post in a message.
A group of teens were at the pool for an end-of-school party, Miles Jai Thomas, one of the teens who attended, told HuffPost. Then a security guard showed up and put out all the black teenagers, Thomas said.
“He started making up rules to keep us out," he said.
Before officers arrived on the scene, a white woman had started making racist comments, telling black partygoers to get used to the bars outside the pool because that’s all they were going to see. When one of the white teens at the party talked back to the adult, the woman began cursing and yelling at her as well, Thomas said.
Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out. Some adults made racist comments and told the teens to return to “Section 8 [public] housing,” BuzzFeed reported.
“I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,” Brooks said.
And from Gawker: Did the McKinney Cop Watch Video of Himself Terrorizing Teenagers?:
The McKinney, Texas officer placed on leave after pulling his gun on unarmed teenagers has reportedly been identified as Corporal Eric Casebolt. Casebolt has apparently deleted his Twitter and Linkedin accounts, but what appears to be his Youtube profile—and, with it, a video playlist titled “Police training”—remains. [...]
Heavy.com pulled photos from Casebolt’s Linkedin before he deleted it that seem to verify his identity as the officer in the video. The same handle used for the Youtube profile (“decase73”) was, per the Google cache, in use until recently by someone also identifying himself as Eric Casebolt on Twitter. The McKinney Police Department did not immediately return a call for comment. Decase73’s Youtube playlist features a dozen videos with titles like “Man Attacks Baltimore Police Officer,” “Man Sucker-Punches Cop Gets Kicked in the Face,” and “Chief tells the TRUTH that Black People don’t want to hear.” All would appear to reflect a mindset that police officers are entitled to use any and all force necessary to subjugate those they ostensibly protect and serve. Yesterday, the video of Casebolt manhandling a teenage girl and pointing his gun at two boys was added to the playlist.
Little Green Footballs got a screenshot, which is good because as he expected, the videos were taken down.