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Charges Dropped Against Teen Arrested at McKinney Pool Party

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    Teen Arrested at McKinney Pool Party Won't Sue

    An 18-year-old says he won't sue after being arrested at a pool party where video captured a McKinney police officer manhandling a teen and pointing a gun at two others. (Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015)

    An 18-year-old who was arrested at a pool party where video captured a McKinney police officer manhandling a teen and pointing a gun at two others said Tuesday that he won't sue.

    McKinney officers responded to a call about a disturbance involving several teens hosting a party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool June 6. A witness captured one of the responding officers throwing 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground.

    In an interview with MSNBC, Adrian Martin said he was trying to calm Becton when a friend bumped into him, giving the appearance that he was lunging at the officer.

    "When got bumped towards him, I backed up quite a bit," Martin said. "After I back up, [Casebolt] stands up and looks at me and pulls his pistol out. So that's what kind of made me run away."

    Two McKinney police officers ran after Martin. Once he realized it was two different officer chasing him, he stopped and complied with their orders. He said those officers did their jobs properly.

    "This could have been yet another tragedy involving a young black male, and we're just thankful that those other officers were out there," Martin's attorney Heath Harris said.

    Harris said Martin will not sue the department. Instead, they hope to work with McKinney police and teach youths how to respond to police during an encounter.

    NBC 5's Ellen Bryan contributed to this report.

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