‘Out of control’ Texas officer who threw girl to ground at pool party resigns


From The Guardian:

Eric Casebolt, the Texas police officer who threw a black girl to the ground and waved a gun at other teenagers during a pool party incident that quickly went viral and led to protests, has resigned from the police force in McKinney, Texas.

Officials were quick to place full blame on Casebolt as “out of control”, seeking to quell international attention on this small Dallas suburb after video footage spread and protesters descended upon the town at a time when relations between police and communities of color are under increased scrutiny.

“Our policies, our training, our practice doesn’t support his actions,” McKinney police chief Greg Conley said at a press conference. He described Casebolt’s actions as “indefensible” – even though Casebolt had been accused of racial profiling before, according to a withdrawn civil rights lawsuit filed against the police department.

Casebolt will retain his pension and benefits.