On the same day where Officer Caesar Goodson was found not guilty in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, a grand jury has cleared another officer of misconduct in McKinney, Texas.
Officer Eric Casebolt became a name associated with the likes of Brian Encinia, Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo when he forced a teenage girl to the ground outside a pool party. The seven minute video was posted to YouTube, which placed Casebolt and McKinney in the national spotlight.
In addition to brandishing his weapon aggressively around teenagers, Cpl. Eric Casebolt used assaultive language and pinned the then-15-year-old girl to the ground. A Collin County grand jury on Thursday (June 23) determined there was not enough evidence to warrant criminal charges against Casebolt, who was a 10-year veteran of McKinney PD.
Casebolt resigned four days after the pool party fracas.
An investigation was launched by the Texas Rangers at the top of this year in January. The results of said investigation were given to the district attorney’s office and then presented to the grand jury. And while those results have not been made public, McKinney Police will hold a public forum next week regarding the grand jury’s decision.
“The McKinney Police Department will be holding a community forum at the Old Settler’s Recreation Center 1201 E. Louisiana Street, McKinney, Texas 75069 on Monday June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Several community leaders involved with the Police Chief’s Advisory Council will be on hand to speak at the meeting focusing on the theme: Moving Forward, Strengthening Police and Community Relationships. All McKinney residents are invited to attend this meeting.”