Texas officer in pool party video resigns; police chief calls his actions ‘indefensible’

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MCKINNEY, Texas — The police officer whose video-recorded actions at a North Texas pool party have come under fire and drawn national attention resigned from the police force Tuesday.

Officer David Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department after almost 10 years on the force. His resignation was confirmed by his attorney, Jane Bishkin of Dallas.

During a news conference Tuesday, McKinney’s police chief, Greg Conley, says the actions of an officer at a North Texas pool party were “indefensible.”

“Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support his actions,” Police Chief Greg Conley said. “He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident.”

A viral video showed him pushing a bikini-clad girl to the ground on Friday and brandishing his gun at other black teens after he and other officers responded to complaints about the pool party at a community-owned McKinney swimming pool.

Conley had placed the 41-year-old former Texas state trooper on administrative leave after the incident.

Bishkin declined to say where Casebolt is now and said he had received death threats. The attorney said she would release more information at a news conference Wednesday.

 

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