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Teen Girl Shoved to Ground by McKinney Officer at Pool Party Settles for $150K

Dajerria Becton filed a $5 million lawsuit following the June 2015 incident that was captured on cellphone videos

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    Collin County Hosts First Annual Community Pool Party

    Collin County is celebrating graduates with its first annual "community pool party," in an effort to improve community relations. It comes just one day after the settlement of a federal lawsuit over a violent confrontation between a teenage black girl and a police officer after a 2015 pool party. (Published Saturday, June 23, 2018)

    A bikini-clad black teenager who was shoved to the ground by a North Texas police officer has settled a federal lawsuit against him and the city of McKinney for almost $150,000.

    The legal guardian of then-15-year-old Dajerria Becton filed a $5 million lawsuit following the June 2015 incident that was captured on cellphone videos.

    The lawsuit alleged negligence, false arrest, assault and excessive force by then-Cpl. Eric Casebolt, who was among several officers responding to reports of a disturbance at the party. Casebolt later resigned.

    Court documents show the settlement approved May 24 provides Becton with $148,850 and six others on the lawsuit each receive $6,000.

    Raw Video of McKinney Officer's Response

    [DFW] Raw Video Shows Officer's Response in McKinney Pool Party Disturbance
    The McKinney Police Department has placed one of its officers on administrative leave on Sunday, June 7 as officials investigate an incident recorded on video of police responding to a disturbance call Friday. Above video originally published on YouTube by Brandon Brooks is censored for language.
    (Published Sunday, June 7, 2015)

    Casebolt and the city deny wrongdoing, but say the settlement avoids the uncertainty and cost of a lawsuit.

    Videos taken by witnesses at the pool showed Casebolt, who is white, running after black teens and ordering them to the ground, then forcing Becton onto her stomach and placing his knees on her back. At one point in one of the videos, he can be seen drawing his firearm after two young black men charged forward in apparent protest of the girl's treatment but holstered the weapon when two other officers intervened.  

    Police said officers were responding to reports that teens unauthorized to use the Craig Ranch North Community Pool were jumping a fence to gain entry. However, several parents said the teens were attending a pool party and cookout hosted by a mother and her two teen daughters.

    Residents of the middle-class neighborhood had said teens attending an end-of-school party at the pool and adjacent park were acting unruly.

    Casebolt later apologized, through his attorney, saying he had responded to two suicide calls before the incident at the pool and that the nature of those calls took an emotional toll on him.

    The incident drew national scrutiny from civil rights groups who called for Casebolt to be charged. A Collin County grand jury decided not to indict the officer in the matter.

    Attorney Discusses Lawsuit in McKinney Pool Party Incident

    [DFW] Attorney Discusses Lawsuit in McKinney Pool Party Incident
    The attorney for a 16-year-old girl who was seen on video being slammed to the ground by a McKinney police officer at a pool party in 2015 held a press conference discussing a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the teen.
    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017)

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