Over the weekend, video footage of a ridiculously abusive police officer surfaced online. Officer Eric Casebolt arrived on the scene of a pool party in McKinney, Texas on Friday evening, and acted like a complete jackass. After pinning a young girl to the ground and pulling her by her hair, the officer then pulled his gun on unarmed teens who were in the vicinity.
According to Buzzfeed, Brandon Brooks, the young boy who filmed the video had this to say:
“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,” said Brooks, who is white. “Everyone who was getting put on the ground was black, Mexican, Arabic,” he said. “[The cop] didn’t even look at me. It was kind of like I was invisible.”
Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to ‘Section 8 [public] housing.’ (Trigger Warning! This video is hard to watch.)
CNN law enforcement analyst and former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes watched the YouTube video and harshly criticized the officer who wrestled the girl.
The officer appeared to be “running around escalating” a situation that should have quickly calmed, he said.
Fuentes said there appeared to be “no justification” for the way the juveniles, particularly the girl, were treated.
The fact that she was wearing a bikini indicated that she was “clearly not armed,” he said.
The officer appeared to be “running around almost like a one-man band,” he said, and other officers appeared to distance themselves from him. “The other officers that are there don’t really come right to him to give him a hand. I’m wondering what’s going through their minds, ‘Get me away from this guy. He’s out of control.’
“He’s out of control. He clearly has no self-discipline. He lost control of his temper. Nothing good can happen at that point. Thankfully he didn’t shoot somebody.”
I’m not going to say much about this video, because I can’t. I’m drained. I’ve watched it over and over again. All I will say is this: If that officer had been Black, and that little girl had been WHITE, this story would have been completely different. And aside from race, these are children. Check out some of the reactions from Twitter.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) June 7, 2015
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) June 8, 2015
— Jackie (@LiberalMmama) June 8, 2015
Just admit some people irrationally hate Blacks. They want us to be an underclass to serve their needs. If not we're a threat #McKinney
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) June 8, 2015
Myth: "Police mistrust is spawned by criminality in minority communities"
Reality: Police mistrust is spawned by police brutality #McKinney
— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) June 8, 2015
And as you probably already guessed, the officer was placed on “leave.”