The Texas police officer who was caught on camera pulling his gun on a group of teenagers and pushing a teenage girl to the ground outside a neighborhood pool in McKinney, Texas resigned from the police force on Tuesday. Eric Casebolt had been placed on administrative leave following the release of the cell phone footage showing him violently confronting a group of teenagers in response to what police say was a call from a resident in the neighborhood reporting a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool.
“State records show Casebolt, who had been with McKinney PD for 10 years, had 2200 hours of law enforcement classes, including extensive training in both cultural diversity and use of force,” CBS’ Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate reports. For a full rundown of what we know about the McKinney case, the Slatest’s Ben Mathis-Lilley has a recap here.
On Tuesday evening, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley addressed Casebolt’s conduct that led to his resignation (via CNN):
The actions of Eric Casebolt, the police corporal shown in a video responding to reports of fighting at a pool party in McKinney, Texas, were "indefensible," the city's police chief said in a news conference Tuesday announcing the corporal's resignation. "Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support his actions," Police Chief Greg Conley said. "He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident."
*This post has been updated.