McKinney Fraternal Order of Police releases statement on pool party incident

The McKinney Fraternal Order of Police released a statement Monday regarding a recent McKinney pool party incident involving a police officer.

A McKinney police officer is on leave after a video was posted over the weekend showing him throwing a teenage girl to the ground and sitting on her and drawing his gun on other teens at a pool party disturbance.

The officer, Cpl. Eric Casebolt, is now on leave while police investigate.

The statement from the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police reads as follows:

"On 6/6/15, the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #107 was informed by a member that he had been involved in an incident which resulted in him being placed immediately on administrative leave status.  

The McKinney FOP has not been able to fully examine all of the video and reports surrounding this incident.  The McKinney FOP assures that this was not a racially motivated incident and can say without a shadow of doubt that all members of the McKinney FOP and McKinney PD do not conduct racially biased policing.  The McKinney FOP does not condone professional officers cursing at juveniles or any citizen during routine calls for service.  The use of profanity by officers diminishes the professional image which is expected.  With that said, the use of profanity during high stress incidents may occur when attempting to gain control of unruly subjects who are not complying with officer's commands. 

Information is being provided to the McKinney FOP that certain details of this incident are being inaccurately broadcasted by media outlets to the public in the McKinney area and across the nation.  The subjects involved were a mixture of teens and adults who were trespassing not in a community pool but a private property pool regulated and maintained by this particular Home Owners Association.  Vandalism and active fighting was reported in the same area involving this group of teens and adults. 

The McKinney FOP urges all citizens who are intending on coming to this community wanting to take part in any protests or demonstrations to do so peacefully.  The McKinney FOP is also urging the public to allow the McKinney PD investigators to conduct their investigation.  The McKinney FOP believes that the McKinney PD will conduct a thorough investigation and will take every piece of information into consideration.  We continue to urge all citizens exercising their 1st Amendment Rights regarding this incident to do so peacefully.    

The McKinney FOP is working closely with the Texas State FOP Lodge to provide any assistance necessary to the officer involved and his family.

If more information is discovered, the McKinney FOP will ensure it is disseminated accordingly."

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