Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The McKinney Pool Incident
When I first saw the video of the incident in McKinney, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), my first impression was that the one cop who is at the center of the storm, Cpl Eric Casebolt, had indeed lost his cool. Questions were raised as to what had happened before the camera was turned on. Accounts of witnesses stressed that these young kids were out of control and had basically invaded a pool party for the local residents. There was a DJ who showed up to play loud and offensive hip hop music with kids within earshot, kids were climbing over the fence, getting in confrontations with adults in the pool, and when the first cops arrived, orders to disperse were being ignored.
There was also the issue of Cpl Casebolt drawing his weapon for a few seconds. As Mark Fuhrman stated on Fox News, it seemed inappropriate. Sean Hannity correctly pointed out that as the officer was busy subduing a girl on the ground, two young men came up from behind to confront him. That is when he drew his gun, kept it pointed downward, and the two youths ran off. He then put it back in his holster.
Given the above could there be two asides to the story? Sure.
Today, in the wake of the officer's resignation, his attorney made a statement to the media and described her client's responses to two suicide calls immediately before the case in question. In one, a man shot himself to death in view of his family. In the second, Casebolt talked a girl out of jumping from the roof of her parents' house. By the time he arrived at the pool incident, he was not in a great frame of mind. In his own statement of regret and apology, he admitted that he had had lost his cool. While some of the youths were verbally abusive, he responded in kind. Should he have been wrestling that (as it turns out) 14-year-old girl to the ground and handcuffing her? I don't know, but I have not seen what the girl did in the first place.
So where do we go from here? I don't know how they are going to sort out the charges with the kids. As of now I understand only one adult was charged and that charge has been dismissed. Of more concern is whether Casebolt will be charged. I am biased to be sure, but I hope not. He has already lost enough.