Texas Police Officer Suspended After Release of Videotape Of Response To Disturbance At Pool Party

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 8.48.04 AMA McKinney, Texas police officer has been suspended pending review after the posting of a videotape where he draws his gun and manhandles a group of teenagers outside of a pool party. The officer has been identified as Cpl. Eric Casebolt and he is shown being verbally and physically abusive toward young people who are not clearly doing anything unlawful.

The pulling out of the gun is a rapid escalation in a call over a dispute between a mother and a girl at the party. The McKinney Police Department’s Facebook page states that officers responded to a “disturbance” at the Craig Ranch North community pool at 7:15 p.m. It added that the juveniles at the scene “do not live in the area or have permission to be there.” It further says that people failed to respond to orders and officers struggled to “gain control of the situation.”

ericcasebolt-e1433704705104caseboltparty3-e1433735471752Casebolt,40, is a 10-year-veteran and serves as a vice president of McKinney’s police union. He received an award for “Patrolman of the Year” in 2008. The Washington Post reports that he is an instructor at Executive Self-Defense and Fitness and has a website that heralds his “ strong working knowledge of human behavior” and “experience in the use of all levels of force.” As is often the case, people have collected various pictures of Casebolt though the one dressed as an Indian chief at a party seems to be the favorite. That is part of the reality of the world of social media today.

Do you consider this level of force to be justified?

437 thoughts on “Texas Police Officer Suspended After Release of Videotape Of Response To Disturbance At Pool Party”

  1. Ken Rogers

    Still waiting for your source that states, as you alleged, that the chief demanded the officer’s resignation. Just another figment of your imagination? Just another hallucination? Really? Facts make no difference? I thought that the chief forced him to resign, at least that’s what you claimed, when you thought that you could just pass off some unsupported bs for a change. That’s ok, since your fast and loose handling of the truth is evident in the fact that an investigation would never matter to you and the other malcontents in society. Facts don’t matter. Only your narrative matters. Continue hallucinating that I called anyone a liar or a coward; I claimed, and I still do, that an investigation was never completed and that the chief folded to avoid a disastrous outcome. Unlike you, I completely understand the need for a quick resignation and a swift denunciation of the incident, both transpiring before a complete investigation. Understandable, given irrational beings like you, but completely understandable. You see, the chief and the officer fear irrational, bizarre anarchists, like you, who would burn their city, loot their local CVS, steal all the Nikes off the shelves at Foot Locker and help themselves to all of the Charmin and the Pampers they could carry out of Walmart. Too bad you didn’t have a chance to load a bus, along with your pals, and clean up down in McKinney. Nothing like a good ole fashioned looting. Pity, for you, that it was averted.

  2. bam bam
    1, June 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    The fact of the matter is that Chief Conley said that Casebolt’s behavior was indefensible and that Casebolt had resigned. If you want to de-couple that resignation as a mysterious coincidence, by all means, do so.That would be completely consistent with many other manifestations of your “thinking.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkRXpGHAXw0

    You claim that Chief Conley is not only an “idiot” for not doing what would constitute in your fevered Nancy Drew imagination a “full investigation” before finding Casebolt’s conduct indefensible, but he’s also a prevaricator and a coward for trembling before your imaginary mobs.

    With hysterically irrational “supporters” like you, bam bam, LEOs hardly need any detractors.

    Your comments regarding Chief Conley’s conduct and statements are patently baseless, deeply disrespectful, you should be ashamed of yourself, and you owe him an apology.

  3. @bam bam

    I don’t know who you are Ms. Bamy, but you can sure write. Your responses are always a treat for the soul. More power to you babe!

  4. bam, He’s a troll. He did not deserve the thoughtful response you gave. He’s on my ignore list. Kind of like Santa’s naughty list, described hilariously by Buddy the Elf[Will Ferrell]. And of course you’re correct, there is much info in the public domain. You just need to be smart enough to know it. I do have access to info not in the public domain. It’s part of the business. But, the vast majority of background info I collect for clients is public information. I can’t account for other people’s paranoia. That’s their problem, not mine.

  5. @Bams

    As I just pointed out to one of the other excessive name-callers on another thread,

    . . . excessive name calling seems to have a psychological root called “POrojection”. . .About which:

    This is known as Psychological P0rojection, a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. (M. Spindell, Philosopher.)

    Sooo, according to the Theory of POrojection, there is a very good likelihood that these name callers are both homophobes, and a racists.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  6. BFM, Thanks. And, scheduling around the Belmont was not a big deal. I grew up in Ct. My old man took me to tracks. Belmont and Saratoga were his two favorites. You are correct about The Belmont. 1 1/2 miles is a real test. My old man would never ask us to change the schedule. It was an homage. But, when there’s the chance of a Triple Crown everyone wants to watch. So, all our guests were pleased. We all watched it together in air conditioning. We got married outdoors in KC and it was ~100 degrees that day. The judge was great and made it short and sweet. I looked like James Brown sweating through my suit. If you’re old enough to remember, air conditioning was not as ubiquitous in 1977 as it is today. Our house had 2 window units, one upstairs and one down. Our cars didn’t have AC. It was AC becoming more economical that opened up the sunbelt for the great migration south. For many blacks, their grandparents moved north during Jim Crow, and now the grandkids are moving back south, away from the depravity of northern cities.

  7. @ Nick Spinelli
    1, June 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    “BFM, Thanks. The analysis by the expert comports w/ other analysis I’ve seen done on how the cop handled the situation. at this point, I have a hard time understanding the grinding and gnashing of teeth. The cop resigned. WTF else do people want? Maybe a pound of flesh.”

    I’ve read every post in this thread, and the only wailing and “gnashing of teeth” I’ve seen have been on the part of those who are incensed by the McKinney police chief’s decision regarding the need for Casebolt’s resignation.

    Can you provide some examples to substantiate your assertion, or is it just sly sour grapes on your part that an LEO got busted by the chief of his department?

  8. @ bam bam
    1, June 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

    “The frenzied rush to judge this officer, prior to an investigation and without benefit of any facts, is just one more indication of the ongoing trend of demonizing all police officers. Sadly, as many of the remarks indicate, it is now acceptable to condemn officers first and to ask questions later. Little do the useful idiots understand–emphasis on the word IDIOTS–but they have blood on their hands for participating in an atmosphere of damning and vilifying law enforcement. The problem is that they do not recognize their own culpability; one needs a brain, soul and conscience for that.”

    What amazingly hateful things to say about McKinney Police Chief Conley and his Internal Affairs team, who concluded that “The actions of Casebolt, as seen in the video of the disturbance at the community pool, are indefensible.”

    How can you seriously think justified or even rational your hysterical and hateful rant against a senior police officer who did his job in supervising and asking for the resignation of a subordinate LEO whose behavior he found indefensible?

    Your rant above is deeply disrespectful of responsible law enforcement officials in McKinney, you should be ashamed of yourself, and you owe them an apology.

    1. Ken Rogers

      I know that you, along with your pals on here, enjoy tossing about the terms HATEFUL, BIGOTED, RACIST and AUTHORITARIAN, but there was and is nothing hateful about about defending this officer, or anyone else, from being tried in the public arena. The rule of law is lost on you, among other things. You claim to know that this officer was asked to resign. I’ve not seen that printed anywhere in the media. What is your source? All I know is that the officer resigned, perhaps of his own volition and perhaps because he was asked to do so. You see, responsible people don’t make up stories, as they go along, and then report them as facts. This officer resigned to save his life and the lives of his loved ones. Plain and simple. He was and is receiving DAILY death threats. He did the smart thing by resigning. No job is worth your life and the lives of your loved ones. He took one for the team. The sacrificial lamb. I don’t blame him. Even if a thorough investigation affirmed that he was not at fault, the raging mob would never have accepted that. Look no farther than Darren Wilson; even a report, clearing him from the DOJ, did nothing to quell the looting, arson and destruction.

      The police chief, in an effort to calm the situation, declared the behavior as INDEFENSIBLE. This would’ve been believable had there been sufficient time to conduct a full investigation and interview all possible witnesses. Given the short amount of time between the incident and the announcement, I am confident that neither of those occurred. The officer is dispensable. The chief, in his wisdom, wanted to save his city from the same fate witnessed in Baltimore and Ferguson. I can’t say that I blame him. It is a shame, however, to see a police chief cower and yield to the fear of mob violence. Guess some things just have to be done for the benefit of the whole.

      You are so very correct. I would love to speak with the chief. As you requested, I would apologize to him for a society that no longer respects and honors police. I would apologize to him for citizens demanding safe streets and for them simultaneously hampering those efforts at every turn. I would apologize that mob rule and savages now determine the guilt or innocence of his officers, without granting them the benefit of fair and complete investigations. I would apologize that his men, on a daily basis, must risk life and limb for the likes of you. You are so correct. When is it that I may apologize?

  9. bam bam

    Call me crazy, but the gathering of such information seems pretty sleazy and may require a payoff or two.

    Harkens back to the kind of Law and Order we had under Nixon.

    Where IS Gordon Liddy these days?

  10. Wade, there is only so much that people will tolerate. I can see a lawsuit one day.

  11. It’s a great comfort that anybody can run a suspicious plate as a favor for a friend. I wonder how much of a ‘gratuity’ is involved.

    Can he also get name, address, age, social security, warrants, debts?

    1. Welcome to the 21st century, Wadewilliams. I guess that you’ve been snoozing. Any info is just a few key taps away on your computer. Lots of info out there, especially in public records.

  12. You know he really wanted to discharge his weapon into some hated flesh.

  13. bam, Getting back to Big Fat Mike. He is a stand up guy. You are both honorable, and I’m sure this was just a blip on the radar.

  14. And, as predicted, there was a chimer in our disagreement. That was an easy prediction. Anyone whose been here a while could have predicted it. C’est la vie.

  15. bam, I was WRONG. The thread was a month ago on the Rolling Stone rape post and it was a commenter named old nurse, not you. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I owe you one. If you need a license plate run on a suspicious vehicle, I will do it gratis. Seriously. I’m a good guy to have owe you one.

    Thanks, bam. I have found a key to our marriage is knowing how to fight. We have it out, but then let it go. That’s how my parents did it, and they were married until death. We are not opposites, but have many differences. Some of those differences complement each other, others do not.

  16. I. Annie

    That was a tomato, correct? Lol!

    By the way, I just think that Nick confused me with someone else. I’m quite sure that there was a disagreement over the topic, but it just wasn’t me. Not a total fabrication, just the wrong person. Not a big deal.

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