Eric Casebolt, the police officer from McKinney, Texas shown in a video yanking a 14-year-old bikini-clad girl to the ground and kneeling on her back, resigned Tuesday after being placed on administrative leave.
On Monday, protesters marched over the incident in the Dallas suburb. Outraged parents demanded the officer's firing. The viral video, shot by a white teenager Brandon Brooks, shows the chaos that ensued after 12 cops responded to a pool party gone wrong.
Casebolt was shown cursing, slamming the girl’s head to the ground and drawing his gun on unarmed black teens.
Police are still investigating conflicting accounts of the incident. According to Brooks, the argument that drew police to the pool party didn't even involve most of the teens Casebolt was going after.
"It was a fight between a mom and girl, which had nothing to do with all the other kids," he told KDAF in Dallas.
Brooks said he was unnerved to see his friend tackled and pressed to the ground.
"I think she was 'running her mouth,' and she has freedom of speech, and that was very uncalled for him to throw her to the ground," he said.
Witnesses say the kids forced their way into the gated community pool, some even climbed fences. Craig Ranch residents are only allowed to invite up to 2 guests to the pool. A security guard called police.
One black homeowner said the incident was not racially motivated, but Brooks sees it differently:
"I was one of the only white people in the area when that was happening," he said. "You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African-American friends to go sit down."
Dajerria Becton told KDFW that she obeyed Casebolt's order to leave when he grabbed her.
"He told me to keep walking," she said. "And I kept walking and then I'm guessing he thought we were saying rude stuff to him.
"He grabbed me, twisted my arm on my back and shoved me in the grass and started pulling the back of my braids," Dajerria told KDFW. "I was telling him to get off me because my back was hurting bad."
Now that Casebolt has decided to resign, the internal affairs investigation is closed, and it's too soon to say whether he'll face charges over what happened.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley told reporters:
"I had 12 officers on the scene, and 11 of them performed according to their training. They did an excellent job. Our citizens called us to a fight in progress and general disturbance at the community pool. We responded. I do not condone the actions of those individuals who violated the rules of community, showed disrespect to the security person on scene, and to the officers who responded. However, we as a department are held to a high standard of action as we do our jobs."