2015 Texas Pool Party Incident

2015 Texas Pool Party Incident

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McKinney Pool Party Incident refers to a physical altercation between police officers and a group of teenagers that took place at a pool party at a private residential subdivision in McKinney, Texas in early June 2015. The incident garnered nationwide attention in the news media after a video clip of an officer on the scene forcing a black teenage girl to the ground and brandishing his firearm at a group of unarmed black teenage boys began circulating online, which ultimately prompted the launch of an official investigation and resignation of the officer.


On June 5th, 2015, police officers were called to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas by residents reporting multiple juveniles at the location who refused to leave the area and were fighting with adults. The following day, YouTuber Brandon Brooks uploaded video footage of the incident in which police officer David Eric Casebolt is shown throwing a black teenage girl to the ground (shown below), later identified as 15-year-old Dajerria Becton. After subduing the girl, Casebolt is shown drawing his firearm on a group of black teenage boys who approach him from behind. In 48 hours, the video gained over five million views and 16,000 comments.

Notable Developments

Official Response

On June 7th, the McKinney Police Department[6] posted a status update about the incident on Facebook, noting that "a video has raised concerns that are being investigated" and that one of the responding officers had been placed on administrative leave. On June 9th, the same day Casebolt resigned from the department, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley stated that the officers' actions were "out of control" and "indefensible."

McKinney Police Department Yesterday at 10:03am Like Page Pool Party Incident: On June 5, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m., officers from the McKinney Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool. The initial call came in as a disturbance involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave. McKinney Police received several additional calls related to this incident advising that juveniles were now actively fighting 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 Like Comment Share

News Media Coverage

Shortly after the video recording took off on YouTube, the pool party incident was picked up by local and national news outlets in the following days, including the New York Times[7], Washington Post[8] and Reuters[9], among others. Coming on the heels of a string of police violence against unarmed black citizens, the police officers' actions were largely criticized as disturbing and excessive use of force. On June 7th, Dallas news station Fox 4 reporter Zahid Arab[5] tweeted a promotional image for the pool party that had circulated on social media in the days leading up to it (shown below), counting the claims of the homeowners in the neighborhood that "none of the nearly 70 people were allowed to be there."

Dime piece Tawinzg promotions #DIMEPIEGEGBOKOUT. 8201 RIVERWALK MCKINNEY TX 75070 4:30-10:00PM DJ REIGN UNESTH FREEE TRY Zahid Arab @ZahidArabFox4 Follow The pool party was advertised on social media. Homeowners say none of the nearly 70 people were allowed to be there 12:21 PM-7 Jun 2015 204 ★ 94

On June 8th, several news outlets[17][18] reported that Casebolt, along with other officers of Mckinney Police Department, had been previously sued in a federal criminal case for racial profiling, harassment, failure to render aid and sexual assault of a motorist during a traffic stop in April 2007, citing court records filed by the complainant, who was subsequently arrested and convicted of drug possessions.[19]

Additional Footage Released

On June 7th, Revolution News tweeted a video of teenagers fighting adult women in the street of the subdivision, claiming that racist comments led to the escalating violence (shown below).

That same day, YouTuber E Johnson Photo uploaded an interview with McKinney subdivision resident Tatiana Rhodes, who said the adult women in the video told them to "go back to your section 8 home" (shown below).

Online Reaction

Also on June 7th, Facebook user Benét Embry,[3] a man who resides in the McKinney subdivision, submitted a post on Facebook claiming that the incident was not racially charged and was caused by a group of uninvited teenagers harassing residents and damaging property (shown below).

Benét Embry shared Mediatakeout's video. Yesterday at 12:42pm . Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had! Ya been took! Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok! MediaTakeout.com posts a story showing only 7 minutes of a 30 minute ordeal, makes it racial and all the activist come a running. Look, I LIVE in this community and this ENTIRE incident is NOT racial at all. A few THUGS spoiled a COMMUNITY event by fighting, jumping over fences into a PRIVATE pool, harassing and damaging property. Not EVERYTHING is about RACE. WE have other issuses that NEED our attention other flights of made up make believe causes.

Meanwhile, Redditor gratefulstringcheese submitted an article about the incident to the /r/news[2] subreddit and Redditor samus1225 posted the video to /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut,[4] where they received more than 5,100 votes and 990 votes in the first 24 hours, respectively. On June 8th, an estimated number of 800 demonstrators marched through McKinney, demanding the police department to fire officer Eric Casebolt for his actions.



In addition to the McKinney Police Department's internal investigation, the Collin County District Attorney's Office called on the Texas Ranger Division to conduct an independent investigation a week after the incident took place. On January 11th, 2016, the Texas Rangers submitted the investigative findings to the district attorney’s office for consideration; the nature of their recommendation was never disclosed to the public. On June 23rd, 2016, the officer was cleared of criminal charges after a grand jury of Collin County declined to indict him.

Civil Lawsuit

On September 23rd, 2016, Dallas Morning News[20] reported that an attorney representing Dajerria Becton, the teenager who was slammed to the ground by Casebolt, had proposed the city for a $2.5 million out-of-court settlement for 'social damages' in June, which was declined by McKinney. In December 2016, Becton's legal guardian filed a criminal complaint against Casebolt for violating her constitutional rights by using excessive force and holding her without probable cause, as well as the city of McKinney and the police department for failing to properly train its law enforcement officers. According to the court records, the federal lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages.

In response to the allegations, the city officials of McKinney readily denied the charges in a prepared statement:

"The City of McKinney denies the claims alleged against it and the McKinney Police Department, and as such, will vigorously defend the recently filed lawsuit," the statement reads. "McKinney prides itself in cultivating the highest standards of training and professionalism for our officers, and it strongly believes that its standards and training will withstand legal challenge."

Search Interest

External References

[1] Twitter – @ZahidArabFox4

[2] Reddit – Texas police officer throws teenage girl

[3] Facebook – Benet Embry

[4] Reddit – Super Trooper Cops Crash Pool Party and Target Black Kids

[5] Twitter – @ZahidArabFox4

[6] Facebook – McKinney Police Department

[7] New York Times – Jarring Image of Police’s Use of Force at Texas Pool Party

[8] Reuters – Protesters seek firing of Texas officer who threw girl to ground

[9] Washington Post – Didn't the McKinney, Texas, police officer know he was being recorded?

[10] Fox 4 – Teen speaks out after recording viral pool party video

[11] New York Times – McKinney, Tex., Police Officer Resigns Over Incident Caught on Video

[12] Huffington Post – Cop Placed On Leave After Video Emerges Of Brutal Arrests At Teen Pool Party

[13] Dallas News – Teen slammed to ground at McKinney pool party plans to sue now that officer won't be charged

[14] CBS 11 – Texas Rangers Submit Report About McKinney Pool Party To Prosecutors

[15] Morning Dallas News – Girl pinned by cop at McKinney pool party sought $2.5 million from city for 'social damage'

[17] International business Times – Eric Casebolt, ‘Pool Party Cop,’ Was Accused Of Forcing Black Motorist To Drop Pants In 2007 Traffic Incident

[18] Heavy – Eric Casebolt, McKinney Pool Party Cop, Was Sued for Racial Bias

[19] Scribd – Eric Casebolt Lawsuit Judge's Decision

[20] Dallas News – Girl pinned down at McKinney pool party sues ex-cop, city for $5 million

[21] Slate – Girl Who Was Pinned to the Ground by a Cop at a Texas Pool Party Files $5 Million Lawsuit

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Top Comments


70 uninvited people showing up to a party in a neighborhood they don't live in is cause for concern.
It also sounds like the girl that the cop forced down was the one that kept refusing to leave or back up earlier in the video. It probably wasn't right to force her down but at the same time, if you refuse to comply with police orders, they don't have many options.


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