Monday 8 June 2015

Cop Suspended Over Pool Party Arrest

A Texas police officer has been suspended after footage emerged showing him wrestling a 14-year-old girl wearing a bikini to the ground and aiming his gun at other teenagers at a pool party.

The video shows the officer repeatedly shoving the girl to the ground, grabbing her by the hair and kneeling on her back as he handcuffed her outside the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Dallas.
As onlookers go to the girl's aid, the officer - identified in reports as Eric Casebolt - then draws his weapon and points it at teenagers as two colleagues chase after some partygoers.
McKinney police said officers had responded to a disturbance at the pool on Friday. A complaint was made that teenagers did not have permission to use the pool and had refused to leave.
Callers also complained that some teenagers had started fighting.
Police Chief Greg Conley said the officer had been placed on administrative leave and an investigation had been launched. He added that "several concerns" were raised about the officer's conduct.
A post on the McKinney Police Department Facebook account said: "First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation.
"McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department.
"At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation."
One adult male was arrested for interfering with police and evading arrest after the incident.
Teenagers detained after the pool party were released to their parents.

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