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A McKinney police officer is on administrative leave after video of his actions to subdue a 15-year-old girl at a pool party Friday night received more than 1 million views online over the weekend.
Here's the write-up from Tasha Tsiaperas and Claire Cardona of The Dallas Morning News:
Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt was placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him pulling a 15-year-old girl to the ground and pinning her down outside a pool party Friday night in the expansive Craig Ranch subdivision. Seconds later, he pulled his gun and pointed it at two teens who appear to try to come to her aid.
The profanity-laced seven-minute video, posted to YouTube on Saturday, had been viewed more than 1 million times Sunday. It shows white police officers trying to control black teens who had scattered as officers arrived at the pool.
The incident raises questions anew about police actions and racism, a topic high up in the national conversation after unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, Md. In the aftermath of this incident, there's disagreement as to whether police targeted black teens or if the incident was racially motivated. At least one community leader was urging patience as the incident is investigated.
The News, meanwhile, noted that the city of McKinney has had its police force come in for scrutiny before.
McKinney found itself in the national spotlight in 2004 after the Police Department’s tactics were called into question by the U.S. Department of Justice. Racial tensions between police and residents in an east-side neighborhood escalated following four execution-style slayings earlier in the year.
About 75 percent of McKinney residents are white, and about 10 percent are black, according to 2010 census data.
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