A shocking video showing a white police officer in McKinney, Texas, pulling his gun on a group of black teens at a suburban pool party Friday has viewers around the country asking how a seasoned cop can overreact so badly.
Yes, you can be pro-cop and think the McKinney officer’s behavior as caught on tape was uncalled for.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 7, 2015
The video shows the officer, who has been identified as Cpl. Eric Casebolt, according to The Washington Post, attempting to subdue a teenager by throwing her to the ground and pulling her hair.
As several other teens approached Casebolt, he let the teenager go and stepped toward them. When the teens back up and turn to flee, Casebolt pulled his gun and continued his approach until two other officers intervene.
One Twitter user with the handle @Xmukexziamx posted a video she captured at the scene. In the video others can be heard yelling “Film it!” to encourage her, as she describes how the officer also struck her in the face.
She shouted, “That’s abuse!” and mentioned her freedom of speech before an officer asked her to move away.
— Str8Grandmother (@Str8Grandmother) June 8, 2015
According to a police statement posted on the McKinney Police Department’s Facebook page, the police were summoned to the Craig Ranch North community pool due 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.”
“A fight between a mom and a girl broke out and when the cops showed up everyone ran, including the people who didn’t do anything,” Brandon Brooks, who uploaded the video to YouTube, wrote in the description.
“So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason. This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders.”
At least one homeowner appreciated the officers’ efforts in the community, “keeping us safe,” recognizing the proper behavior of all except one rogue cop.
Casebolt was described as a 10-year veteran of the police department, and a onetime instructor at Executive Self-Defense and Fitness, The Washington Post reported. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, according to news reports.
The web links describing Casebolt’s past and training are now disappearing as this story gains national media attention.
The party was a planned end-of-school celebration, teens told Buzzfeed, which was promoted on social media.
“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, who is white, told Buzzfeed.
“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.”
Others online reacted to Loesch’s tweet.
@FiveRights When are cops going to quit making mental mistakes. This doesn’t abode well for their organization. They have my support but man — Mickey (@3Stepping) June 8, 2015
CORRECTION: This post originally stated the incident took place Sunday. It was Friday.