Cop tackles US girl, 15

Cop tackles US girl, 15
ROUGH: A screengrab from the YouTube video showing Corporal Eric Casebolt pushing Dajerria Becton to the ground before putting his knee on her back.

A 15-year-old girl was attending a pool party in Texas with her friends when she got into an argument with a police officer who slammed her to the ground.

Dajerria Becton was wearing a bikini when McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt pinned her down on Friday evening. The incident was caught on camera.

Cpl Casebolt had arrived at the pool following reports of an argument and the teen, who said she was an invited guest, recalled how he told her and her friends to keep walking. "I'm guessing he thought we were saying rude stuff to him," she told news station Fox4.

"He grabbed me, twisted my arm on my back and shoved me in the grass and started pulling the back of my braids. I told him to get off me because my back was hurting badly." Her aunt added: "It wasn't right, I think his force was excessive."

Dajerria, who said she was not involved in the fight, said she hopes officials take the incident seriously.

Cpl Casebolt, who has served 10 years on the force, was named on Sunday as the officer seen in the video that was posted on YouTube. He has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is carried out, officials said.

The video, which was posted online shortly after the incident, shows him pushing Dajerria to the ground and pinning her down by leaning on her with both of his knees.

The unarmed teen is heard on the video screaming: "Call my momma! Call my momma! Oh God."

As Cpl Casebolt struggles to maintain control, he is seen pulling out his gun at two boys.

"I felt like he was actually getting ready to hurt someone," witness Jahda Bakari, 13, told KTVT.

The fight at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool started when one woman insulted black people who were there and told them to go back to public housing, one witness said.

RACIAL

Most of the residents in the town, a suburb of Dallas, are white, but many of the partygoers were black, reported CBS.

Emma Stone, 14, told BuzzFeed that adults who lived in the neighbourhood starting telling the black youngsters to leave and go back to "Section 8 housing", implying that they rely on the government.

She added that this sparked a physical fight, which led to 12 police officers, including Cpl Casebolt, being dispatched to the area.

Mayor Brian Loughmiller said he was "disturbed and concerned" by the video.

"Our expectation... is that our police department and other departments will act professionally and with appropriate restraint relative to the situation they are faced with," he said.


This article was first published on June 09, 2015.
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