McKINNEY -- A grand jury has cleared the McKinney Police officer seen on video forcing a teenage girl to the ground outside a pool party last year.
Seven minutes of video posted to YouTube put Eric Casebolt and the city of McKinney in the national spotlight in June 2015.
In that video, Cpl. Eric Casebolt is seen using profanity and aggressively throwing a 15-year-old girl in a bathing suit to the ground, face down, outside a pool party in Craig Ranch. He then appeared to pin her down with his knees.
A Collin County grand jury on Thursday determined there was not enough evidence to warrant criminal charges against Casebolt, who was a 10-year veteran of McKinney PD.
Eric Casebolt, the former McKinney officer, involved in the Craig Ranch pool party incident with the teens has been cleared by a grand jury.— Tanya Eiserer (@tanyaeiserer) June 23, 2016
Casebolt resigned four days after the pool party fracas.
Dejarria Becton is the girl in the bikini.
"What he did wasn't right," she said. “I think more should have been done. I don’t think he should have just walked away.”
“McKinney may very well be the best place to live in the U.S. -- as long as you’re not an African-American,” said Kim T. Cole, the attorney for Dejarria Becton.
The Texas Rangers completed an investigation into the incident in January. The results of that investigation were given to the district attorney's office and then presented to the grand jury.
The full results have not been made public.
In a lot of ways, the decision handed down Thursday was expected.
“No indictment, no surprise,” Kim T. Cole said.
Experts say it would have been a challenging case, since law enforcement is legally protected when using reasonable force.
Messages left for Casebolt’s attorney were not immediately returned.
“It has been a terrible, terrible thing, and it shows where race relations stand in McKinney,” Cole said.
Despite no criminal case, Becton’s attorney says she’s more confident in civil court.
She promised to file two lawsuits against McKinney on Monday for personal injury and civil rights violations.
McKinney Police will hold a public forum next week regarding the grand jury's decision, according to a statement from the city:
The McKinney Police Department will be holding a community forum at the Old Settler’s Recreation Center 1201 E. Louisiana Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 on Monday June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Several community leaders involved with the Police Chief’s Advisory Council will be on hand to speak at the meeting focusing on the theme: Moving Forward, Strengthening Police and Community Relationships. All McKinney residents are invited to attend this meeting.
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