McKinney, Tx., police Corporal David Eric Casebolt was carrying 30 pounds of gear and the weight of tragic encounters when he was called to break up a pool party that led to a national outcry, his attorney said yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reports,Earlier in his evening shift, Casebolt had consoled a widow after her husband shot himself by a pool in front of his family. He took pictures of the body. He had also helped talk down a 14-year-old girl threatening to jump off a roof to kill herself. “With all that happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him,” said Jane Bishkin, Casebolt's attorney.
Casebolt, who is white, and other officers answered a call about a crowd of mostly black teens became unruly at the pool. A bystander posted a video of Casebolt pulling one black teenager in a bikini by her hair and pointing a gun at unarmed teens. The video prompted accusations of racism, though some in the neighborhood supported the officer's actions. Casebolt's resignation Tuesday from his “lifelong dream” job did little to quell the fervor against the officer, who had lived in relative obscurity as a good cop in the low-crime suburb. Activists called for Casebolt to face criminal charges for shoving 15-year-old Dajerria Becton into the ground. And an attorney for the girl said the officer violated her civil rights, language that suggests a possible lawsuit. Casebolt has received death threats; He and his family have left their home and are now in “an undisclosed location,” Bishkin said.