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The Brief: June 9, 2015

A pair of protests was held in McKinney on Monday in response to police action dispersing a crowd at a pool party over the weekend as details emerged about the party itself.

Eric Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department after actions at a pool party on June 5, 2015.

The Big Conversation

A pair of protests was held in McKinney on Monday in response to police action dispersing a crowd at a pool party over the weekend. Also, more details emerged about the pool party itself as neighborhood residents differed on the police's handling of the incident.

The Dallas Morning News' Wendy Hundley, Naomi Martin and Jeffrey Weiss reported:

"The party was originally organized with several neighborhood teens who wanted to celebrate the last day of school at the admission-restricted community pool. A mostly black crowd showed up, and the music was loud. At one point, some people who had not been invited jumped over a fence and were confronted by a security guard. Overwhelmed, he called the police."

Descriptions, though, by residents of the party and its aftermath differed drastically. One neighborhood resident, as The News reported, wrote on Facebook: “This was a Twitter party that turned into a mob event. Jumping pool fence. Assaulting 2 security guards, attacking a mother with three little girls. The video doesn’t show everything."

A 13-year-old neighborhood resident told The News that "there were no drugs or alcohol at the party, which had been planned for several weeks and was promoted on social media. Initially, most of the teens at the party were from Craig Ranch or nearby neighborhoods, she said."

The two protests on Monday consisted of a march from an elementary school to the location of the pool party and a gathering at the police station.

The march drew 500 participants, The News reported.  “'This is our city,' said Derrick Golden, pastor at Amazing Church in McKinney. 'The issue we have in McKinney is not only a racism issue; it’s a classism issue.' The crowd consisted mostly of African-Americans, many of whom said the teenagers were good kids who were treated unjustly."

The officer shown on video throwing to the ground a 15-year-old girl and then pointing a gun at some unarmed teens remains on administrative leave while an investigation continues. Officials had no update Monday on the investigation. 

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•    Gov. Greg Abbott is in Houston for an 11:30 a.m. signing ceremony for comprehensive border security legislation.

•    Early voting ends ahead of the San Antonio mayoral runoff election scheduled for Saturday.

•    Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief Evan Smith interviews House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. The 8 a.m. breakfast conversation at the Austin Club will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.


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Quote to Note

“Let me start by saying if I’m elected, January 2017, I suppose the first thing I should do is send flowers and a note of condolences to all of the reporters and editors who’ve checked themselves into therapy.”

— GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a town hall event last week

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News From Home

Differences in border security proposals sparked lots of debate during the 84th legislative session. Use our Texas Legislative Guide to see what lawmakers agreed upon, as well as other related issues that were debated this session.

Trib Events for the Calendar

•    A Conversation About Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2015 on June 18 at The Austin Club

•    A Conversation About Health Care and the 84th Legislature on June 24 at UT Health Science Center San Antonio

•    The Texas Tribune Festival on Oct. 16-18 at the University of Texas at Austin

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