A police officer from Texas who was caught pointing a gun at a group of black teenagers has caused outrage after the incident was captured on camera, showing the black teens to be clearly unarmed.
The officer, from McKinney, Texas, has now been identified as Eric Casebolt by the Washington Post.
He not only brandished his gun at the kids, who were at a pool party, but also wrestled a 14 year old girl to the ground and sat on her back to ‘restrain her’.
The kids were at the pool party that saw police called after a fight broke out between a mother and daughter pairing.
Brandon Brooks, who uploaded the video to YouTube, claimed:
The cops just started putting everyone on the ground and in handcuffs for no reason. This kind of force is uncalled for especially on children and innocent bystanders.
Not only has the use of the gun caused shock and widespread allegations of racism in the town that has a black population of around 10% and a majority of white residents, it has also once again highlighted the issue of police officers pulling their weapon on minorities.
Previous police shootings in Baltimore, Missouri, Ferguson and Cleveland have all been thrust right back into the spotlight with this incident.
Thankfully in this case, the group of kids were unharmed and the gun was not fired, but even just thinking of how it could have ended up is chilling, and the father of one girl who was in the group has taken to social media to call for the officer’s dismissal.
— djvjgrrl (@djvjgrrl) June 7, 2015
The McKinney Police Department released a statement on Facebook, claiming:
First responding officers encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands. Nine additional units responded to the scene. Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation.
McKinney Police later learned of a video that was taken at the scene by an unknown party. This video has raised concerns that are being investigated by the McKinney Police Department. At this time, one of the responding officers has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.
The police officer, who has served on the force for a decade, and was named Officer of the Year in 2008, has now been placed on administrative leave and has also deleted his social media accounts.
Sources confirm:McKinney Patrol Supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt placed on admin leave following conduct at pool party pic.twitter.com/JaJMFWR5Ef
— Zahid Arab (@ZahidArabFox4) June 7, 2015
It is hard to see how the navy veteran is going to come back from this, and the town that was named Money Magazine as the ‘Best Place To Live In America 2014’ is now hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.