Officer Who Slammed Teen Girl to the Ground in McKinney, TX Cleared by Grand Jury

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Outrage and protests were not enough to secure an indictment of former McKinney, Texas police Cpl. Eric Casebolt.

Video of Casebolt slamming then 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground at a pool party emerged last June, but he will not face charges from a grand gury.

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The former officer resigned days after McKinney's chief called his actions “indefensible” and said Casebolt had been “out of control” on June 5, 2015.

After reviewing evidence from a Texas Rangers investigation incident that occurred in the affluent Craig Ranch neighborhood, a the grand jury of Collin County chose not to indict.

McKinney Police released a statement on Thursday afternoon. "The McKinney Police Department's mission is to make the city a safe place to live, work, and visit for everyone," they said. "In light of this, we seek to work in partnership with all who live and work in this great city."

A community forum will be held on June 27.

Witnesses took cellphone video of Casebolt throwing Becton to the ground while she was wearing only a bikini and holding her down with his knees on her back. Casebolt was also seen pointing his gun as two teenage boys who attempted aid her. He put the weapon back in the holster after two other officers came to diffuse the situation. He and other officers were called to a community pool when residents claimed a group of teenagers, predominantly Black, were unruly.

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Casebolt’s attorneys deny charges of racism and have said he had been shaken by responding in the days leading up to the incident to a suicide and an attempted suicide.

Casebolt and several other suburban Dallas officers were called to the scene after residents reported an unruly pool party at the private community pool, police said.

Becton's lawyer says the family plans to sue.

“We currently live in a time in which the public servants who are hired to protect and serve are not required to uphold the very law they are sworn to enforce,” attorney Kim T. Cole said in a prepared statement. “The message is clear.  Police are above the law.  This must change.”

Source: New York Daily News/Dallas Morning News