Texomans React To Viral Video Of Officer At McKinney Pool Party

Texomans React To Viral Video Of Officer At McKinney Pool Party

Wichita Falls, TX - Wichita Falls Police Department officials say officers jobs are to protect and serve their community, but lately much of the conversation regarding law enforcement has been about their "use of force"on others.

The incident that has thrust the conversation about law enforcement and excessive use of force back into the spotlight involved an officer in the McKinney Police Department.

A seven and a half minute long video of then, Corporal Eric Casebolt, went viral and made headlines around the world after his response to a disturbance call at a pool party.

The video of Casebolt shows him pointing a gun toward two African-American teens as they ran away. Shortly after, the officer forcefully pushes a young girl into the dirt, as she screams for someone to call her mother.

Texomans who saw the video told Newschannel 6 the police officers actions were out of line.

"He could have called backup for all the other kids instead of him trying to handle every individual," said Ashaki Evans, a Texoma resident.

Brandon Gamble told Newschannel 6, "There was no reason to act like that. Especially towards some kids. Especially at a pool party."

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Casebolt's actions "indefensible."

Newschannel 6 reached out to the Wichita Falls Police Department to find out what situations are acceptable for officers to use force.

"We're not there to fight someone, hurt someone, and we're not there to meet there force on an equal level. We there to get them in custody, get them detained, with the least amount of force necessary," Sgt. Harold McClure, WFPD Public Information.

Sgt. Harold McClure said when it comes to how officers respond to calls, it always goes back to training  He said extensive police training can really prevent these type of incidents from happening.

"Anytime an officer feels like his life or the life of someone else is in danger, then yes he has the option of utilizing deadly force," said Sgt. McClure.

"If they're going to put themselves in the line of danger and you proceed yourself into the line of danger,as  proceeding towards them, then yeah they have all right to act that way then other that no," said Gamble.

Some Texomans believe Casebolt did not handle himself in a professional manner when he arrived on the scene of the pool party at the Craig Ranch Neighborhood in McKinney.

"He could have handled the situation better," said Evans.

Casebolt resigned from the McKinney Police Department Tuesday. Civil Rights groups have urged the police department to conduct a thorough investigation.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6