Attorney: Emotions got best of McKinney Cpl. Casebolt at pool party
The attorney for the McKinney officer who was caught on camera shoving a teen girl to the ground and pulling a gun on others said her client was in an emotional state of mind when he showed up to the pool party disturbance.
McKinney Cpl. Eric Casebolt resigned on Tuesday after video of his actions last Friday created a national firestorm.
Casebolt's attorney, Jane Bishkin, said Casebolt had responded to two suicide calls before he was dispatched to the Craig Ranch pool on Friday evening.
"The prior suicide calls put him in an emotional place he would have preferred to not been in," Bishkin said. "He allowed his emotions to get the best of him."
Bishkin said Casebolt apologizes to those who were offended by his actions, but didn't specifically apologize to the 15-year-old girl who he dragged and pinned to the ground.
"That day was not representative of his 10-year service to the community of McKinney," Bishkin said.
Casebolt indicated to his attorney he would like to speak publicly about the incident at some point, but for now is in hiding at an undisclosed location.
A representative of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police said Casebolt has received numerous death threats since the video was published online.
For now, Casebolt still has to deal with an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by McKinney police officials.
"He's waiting for this process to go through," Bishkin said. "He's sad his lifelong dream to be a police officer is cut off to him now."
The attorney for Dajerria Becton, the teen girl in the video, said Wednesday afternoon that a full investigation into what occurred must happen by McKinney police.
"Casebolt's voluntary resignation should not mean the end of this investigation," said attorney Hannah Stroud. "We trust the city will do the right thing now and in the future to continue looking into this matter."
The attorney said Becton has had trouble sleeping and eating in the days after the incident and has been afraid to leave her home.
Stroud said Becton had been invited to the pool party, wasn't trespassing and was trying to leave when Casebolt came up to her.
"When she asked for her bag so she could call for her aunt, her legal guardian, she was pushed to the ground, grabbed by her head, and her face was shoved into the ground," Stroud said.
"He came into the call out of control and as the video shows was out of control during the incident." Conley said. "I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training."
Earlier on Wednesday, various civil rights groups spoke outside McKinney police headquarters. Various speakers hit on the same theme – the resignation of Casebolt was good, but more is still left to do.
Many speakers want criminal charges against Casebolt. Others called for additional training on use-of-force by McKinney officers.