Cpl. Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, Texas, police officer who resigned after video showed him brandishing his firearm and restraining a 15-year-old black girl on the ground last week, said his emotions ran high, per his attorney.
The 10-year veteran of the McKinney Police Department was placed on administrative leave Sunday and resigned Tuesday but will be able to keep his pension and benefits, according to his attorney, Jane Bishkin, WFAA reported. Bishkin told the media Wednesday her client has been receiving death threats and is with his family in an undisclosed location.
The video which led to Casebolt’s downfall shows him subduing 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and drawing his firearm when other teenagers approached him during a disturbance call at a pool party, though he never fired. McKinney police chief Greg Conley called his actions “indefensible” and “out of control.”
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WFAA described how Bishkin defended his client during the press conference, explaining Casebolt’s day had already taken an “emotional toll” on him before he responded to the disturbance call.
The attorney started the press conference by saying Casebolt let his emotions get the best of him before he answered the disturbance call at the Craig Ranch community pool.
He had already been called to two suicide calls that Friday — one involved having to console the wife of a man who had just ended his life. During the second call, he managed to talk a teenage girl off her parents’ roof.
Bishkin said Casebolt apologizes to anyone who might have been offended during the pool party incident, and that he never intended to cause any harm. WFAA pointed out that the former officer might speak publicly in the next week or so, but will remain in an undisclosed location for now. “He’s worried for his family. He’s worried he might be followed,” Bishkin said.
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