When Texas police officer Eric Casebolt violently detained a teenage girl in a bathing suit, he had no idea he was being videotaped – but it’s a good thing he was. Police on Friday evening were called to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney to respond to a call about a pool party, according to HuffPost Crime.
McKinney police said in a statement they were responding to a disturbance "involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave," and that some of them were fighting.
This kind of thing can normally be resolved with a quick “Get out, kids!” or something to that effect, especially since no violence was reported. However, the situation quickly escalated to violence, and the police certainly did not hesitate.
Thankfully, the police officer who slammed a teenage girl to the ground was caught on camera – and now, he is on administrative leave. The video quickly made its way over to Twitter, accompanied by the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter:
I just seen the most horrible video. police brutality must stop. The video of the pool party in TX is horrible. #BlackLivesMatter— Dakota Mcneely (@dakotamcneely3) June 7, 2015
Obviously, police brutality does not exist in isolation. It’s everywhere, and it can’t always be defended with, “the officer can’t take a chance by waiting for something to happen.” These kids did not pose a physical threat to these officers at all, and the officer’s lack of hesitation to pull his gun on unarmed teenagers is unnerving, to say the least. Hopefully, something will be done about his errant actions.