McKINNEY, Texas - A group rallied at the Collin County Courthouse Monday to mark one year since a pool party thrust McKinney into the center of the police brutality debate.
Former McKinney Officer Eric Casebolt, resigned after video was released of him pulling out his weapon and taking down a 15-year-old black girl. He and other officers were trying to get the teenagers to leave a pool party in the city’s Craig Ranch subdivision.
The Texas Rangers investigated the case and turned it over to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, but no charges have been filed.
The teenage girl seen being taken down by a police officer was part of a rally Monday night at the McKinney Police Department.
“People still talk about it and people still say rude things, but I'm doing really fine,” said Dajerria Becton.
Before Monday night’s rally, Dajerria and her attorney spoke with reporters.
"I don't think anything has changed in McKinney and I I do believe that this has opened the eyes to people across the nation what the African American community faces here in this community," said Kim Cole, an attorney for the teen girl.
Cole said she feels charges should be brought not only against the white officer, but also against the other people who she said assaulted and illegally restrained some of the teens who were at the party.
Cole called on the Collin County DA to take action against Casebolt now, citing what his police chief said.
He has expressed that his actions were ‘indefensible and out of control,’” said Cole. “So why has it taken more than a year for them to take any action on the case is beyond me.”
The Texas Rangers announced in January that they'd completed their investigation and turned the results over to the Collin County District Attorney. It's widely expected that the case will be turned over to a grand jury, but it has not been yet.