Texas Officer Who Pinned Black Teen Had Disciplinary Record

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white suburban Dallas police officer who resigned after video showed him forcing a bikini-clad black 15-year-old girl to the ground in June was disciplined three previous times during his 10-year career with the department, police records show.

The June 5 incident involving McKinney police Officer Eric Casebolt, who also pulled a gun on other black teens outside a pool party, sparked criticism, protests and eventually Casebolt’s resignation.

Casebolt’s attorney, Jane Bishkin, said Tuesday that she had not seen Casebolt’s personnel file, which was released to media late Friday, but called his disciplinary record a “non-issue.”

“If he were that bad, he would have been fired a long time ago,” she said.

The file reviewed by The Associated Press shows Casebolt was suspended without pay for one day in June 2010 after going in his police car and in uniform to bail out his girlfriend from jail.

He received a written reprimand in 2014 for boasting on Facebook about his response to a suicidal teenager.

“Guess who just checked the box for ‘commandeer a golf cart and tased a suicidal knife wielding maniac off-handed and still rolling without spilling the golfer’s miller lite’?!” Casebolt wrote on Facebook.

He was also reprimanded for …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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