A call to police about unwelcome teenagers at a community pool thrust the affluent Dallas suburb of McKinney into the national spotlight on race and police relations, reports the Dallas Morning News. Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt was on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him pulling a 15-year-old girl to the ground and pinning her down outside a pool party Friday night. He pulled his gun and pointed it at two teens who appear to try to come to her aid.
The profanity-laced seven-minute video, posted to YouTube, was viewed 4 million times by today. It shows white police officers trying to control black teens who scattered as officers arrived. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said, “I am disturbed and concerned by the incident and actions depicted in the video.” Police Chief Greg Conley said, “Any time you confront a large group of people, it's a very dynamic situation and tensions can rise very quickly.” He said officers responded after residents said teenagers lacked permission to use the pool and refused to leave. Dajerria Becton, who was restrained in the video, told KDFW-TV she followed police orders. “He told me to walk away and I did. Next thing I know I'm on the ground,” she said.