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McKinney Cop Suspended After Body-Slamming 15-Year-Old Dajerria Becton

Dajerria Becton was identified by Fox4News as the 15-year-old teen body-slammed by McKinney Cpl Eric Casebolt at a pool party.

Dajerria Becton said, “He told me to walk away and I did. Next thing I know I’m on the ground.” She added, “I don’t think he should have pulled a gun out on 15-year-old kids… Him getting fired isn’t enough.”

Becton said a male friend was arrested after he tried to push the officer off her.

Fox 4 News reporter Zahid Arab spoke with one homeowner, who refused to show her face, but allowed her hands to be shown, said, “I feel absolutely horrible for the police and what’s going on..they were completely outnumbered and they were just doing the right thing when these kids were fleeing and using profanity and threatening security guards.” [H/T Think Progress]

Um, no mention from this resident of the language emanating from Cpl. Casebolt’s mouth? She believed the officers’ lives were at risk, but the reality is, Dajerria Becton and the other teens were clearly unarmed.

Buzzfeed reports a fight broke out after adult residents made racist comments to black teens attending the pool party:

Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to ‘Section 8 [public] housing.’

A white teen said “when she and her friends objected to the racist comments about public housing an adult woman then became violent.” That bolsters the position by the black teens that the residents of the community instigated the fight, which led to the brutal response by the officers.

Watch Dajerria Becton interview:

Watch black teens being roughed up by McKinney cops:

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • tidbits

    Love the sign in the first video thanking the police for “keeping us safe”…from a dozen or so teenagers in swimsuits, armed with towels and T-shirts. Black children, dressed to swim, sure strikes an inordinate amount of fear into a lily white, segregated Texas community. Need to be kept safe from that. Oh, yeah.

    Yep, Tex. Take ’em down, drag ’em by the hair, kneel on a little girl in a bikini with both knees, full weight; pull your weapon on friends who try to help her. Handcuff as many as you can get on the grass, as middle aged white men from the neighborhood watch to make sure it’s done right. Yessir. Thank you police for keeping us safe and removing those N’s from our neighborhood. Someone close the gate to the community and put the “Whites Only” sign back up.

    All satirically said to make a point, of course.

    • rudi

      This is also from LGF. Times have changed much in 51 years.

      This famous photograph by Horace Cort shows a group of white and
      black integrationists in the former Monson Motor Lodge swimming pool on
      June 18, 1964. The photo was connected to the St. Augustine Movement,
      named for the town in Florida where it took place. Lots of peaceful
      protests and demonstrations were responded to with violence, which lead
      to more and more complicated protests.

      On June 11, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr was arrested for trespassing
      at the Monson Motor Lodge after being asked to leave from its
      segregated restaurant. This (and other things) helped spurn on a group
      of protesters, black and white, to jump into the pool as a strategically
      planned event to end segregation at motel pools. The pool at this motel
      was designated “white only.” Whites who paid for motel rooms invited
      blacks to join them in the motel pool as their guests. This swim-in was
      planned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and two associates. The motel
      manager, Jimmy Brock, in an effort to break up the party, poured a
      bottle of muriatic acid into the pool, hoping the swimmers would become
      scared and leave. One swimmer, who knew that the ratio of acid to pool
      water was so great that the acid was no longer a threat, drank some of
      the pool water to calm the other swimmers’ fears.

  • In Oregon police officers must attend the State Police academy the first days of which consist of psychological evaluation. 30% fail.

  • StockboyLA

    The police escalated this situation and seemed to have made assumptions about the teens out to enjoy the pool on a beautiful day. I’m glad the officer was suspended. Though I agree the boy who tried to push the policeman off the girl should have been arrested: right or wrong it’s never a good idea to interfere with police. Having said that I hope all charges are dropped against the boy. I also commend the teens who, when told to sit on grass, sat on the grass. I understand the police’s desire to get the situation under control, and because a lot of the teens followed officers’ instructions the situation did not escalate more. If I were there I would have done the same: followed the policeman’s instructions. Even if I was unhappy about it, I would have been happy to avoid getting hurt or killed. It seems the kids are more responsible than the police. I don’t know if any of the kids on the grass were arrested, but I would like to find out.

    • tidbits

      While you get an up arrow from me, I disagree with you about commending the teens who sat on the grass when told to, and the police’s desire to get the situation under control. Teens weren’t just being told to sit on the grass, they were being handcuffed while sitting on the grass. That’s an arrest, even if they were later released. Not only are these arrests, they are arrests without probable cause. Police do not have power to arrest without probable cause. When they do so, it is false arrest and a civil rights violation. That’s probably why the police are insisting on emphasizing that all but one were later released and trying to claim that there were no arrests, but for the one for interfering.

      Legally defined, what the police did by handcuffing people on the ground, while the police were uniformed, displaying badges and carrying sidearms constitutes a classically recognized “custodial event”, otherwise known as arrest. This mass arrest, without probable cause, will likely result in a mass lawsuit.

      Two other interesting notes. 1. The white adult woman who allegedly started the turmoil by slinging racist insults at the black teens – and who reportedly punched a 19 year old black woman in the face – was not arrested. 2. The City of McKinney has a long history of racial segregation, including today having its east side be home to the vast majority of its black population, while its west side is overwhelmingly white…guess where this incident took place, on the “white” side of town. McKinney has also recently settled a federal racial discrimination lawsuit for its de facto segregationist siting of African American housing and facilities. I’ll edit this with a link shortly.

      EDIT: The federal lawsuit on housing discrimination against the City of McKinney was settled in 2009. The link to which I referred earlier is:

      • StockboyLA

        Thanks, tidbits. The teens I’m referring to in the video sat on the ground around 52 seconds and were still not handcuffed when the video ended 5+ minutes later. The cop went back and scolded them a couple times but didn’t handcuff them. Whether they were handcuffed later or not I do not know. But I still commend them for not putting up a big fight and escalating the situation. He also told these kids near end of the video that they were going to sit there until they sorted things out. I note that other teens on the grass are handcuffed and appreciate your insight. Right or wrong the police will do what they want and when citizens disobey police, those citizens will always lose at that time. Though in the long run citizens may win civil rights suits against aggressive cops. Thanks for the further information, too!

    • KP


      Yes, I agree. So few people here agree, it is astounding.

      If I had been there when at 15 years old when the cops showed up I would have sat down and shut up or gone home when told to before my mom and dad found out.

      • StockboyLA

        Thanks, KP. I would like to think most people would follow police instructions, but there is so much wrong with the police’s handling of this situation that people object to the overall situation. It’s interesting that there was a white woman involved at the beginning, but when the police got there they only asked black teens to sit down. White kids and adults were free to roam around. At any rate, whether the police are right or wrong I will endeavor to follow their instructions so as not to make bad situations worse. Totally agree about being 15 years old, if I had been in such a situation.

        • KP

          Completely agree. The cops over reacted (at least) and I am disturbed by that.

      • tidbits

        A reply is in order. While I understand the instinct to sit down and shut up when told to do so by an authority figure, it is not always the correct choice. Most of our courageous historical leaders in civil rights movements demonstrated their historical courage by disobeying police when police demands were inappropriate. Watch old news footage from Birmingham and Selma or from college campuses during the Vietnam War.

        Sometimes we need to choose courage over compliance. I am not black, but I can certainly understand the reaction of those who are, especially in historical context, when being told to get their asses on the ground, hands behind their backs…or “get on your face” as was said to the 15 year old girl as she was being pushed down [you can hear it on the video]…while white folk get to mill about unperturbed by the same police. Sometimes blind obedience is not the right choice.

        That’s just my view, and my hat’s off to the [white] teenager who had the courage to record the video, the two [black] teenagers who went to the girl and had a gun drawn on them for leaning over to let her know they would call her mother for her, and the [white] teenager who reported the racist remarks of [white] adults and the slapping of a [black] 18 year old by a white adult that started the ruckus. It’s only my opinion, but I believe that instead of criticizing these kids for not being sufficiently compliant we should applaud their courage for standing up to power as it was being abused.


        • KP

          Thanks for your thoughts, yours are always appreciated.

          • KP

            By the way, I have a 28 and a 24 year old daughter. And while my girls are not black my nieces and nephews are and my daughter married a black man last week, so I am very sensitive.

            More to my point; when my _children_ were 15 years old we had adults at a pool party. Nobody else rolled up with a cooler and jumped the pool fence. We policed our children’s parties so police officers didn’t have to, right?(!)

            This is not a Selma civil rights issue.

          • tidbits

            Do you know that MLK, Jr. once organized a swim-in to protest a white only pool at a Monson Motor Inn in Georgia? Please don’t use the false equivalency comeback…no two situations are identical. But, black people in public or quasi-public pools has long been a watershed (pun intended) issue in race relations.

            Does it not bother you that only black children are being handcuffed?

            You are obviously a very responsible parent, and I sincerely applaud that. But, it is not all that uncommon for kids to have a pool party at a community pool while parents are at home enjoying the peace that comes with the child being away for a bit. Different people parent differently…that’s no excuse for the kind of brutal police behavior captured on this video.

          • KP


            Yes, I know. I wouldn’t want to argue against you in a court of law, but I am pretty well read on the subject.


            Yes, as I said to Slamfu, we agree on most everything about this incident.


            That is nonsense. CHILDREN should always be directly supervised by adults in charge.

          • tidbits

            Let me begin by apologizing, Kevin. It was not my intent to challenge your parenting skills. I think your approach clearly represents best practice. My only points are: 1) not everyone follows best practices in this regard, and 2) parents failing to follow best practices does not excuse the behavior of this police officer.

            Aside – the person who organized this pool party was 18, an “adult” and she was present at the pool. She was the one who was slapped by the white woman making the racist remarks. Does her age at 18 make her necessarily a responsible supervising adult? I don’t know her and can’t say.

            Anyway, my point was not to get into an argument with you. I have a point of view, and so do you. Best regards.

          • KP

            No worries, tidbits. Thank you, and I did not take it as an attack. Just exchanging ideas on important issues.

            We agree on most everything, including this incident. I think you are one of the best teachers on the Internet. I only wish you would post and comment more often.

      • Slamfu

        While that is a good idea in general, two things. First, the list of people shot or hurt by police when they were in fact following directions is astounding. I read an article that listed actual reasons for shooting people that officers used successfully to avoid disciplinary action/prosecution, and that list included pretty much everything. Standing still, not standing still, moving to quick, not complying with orders fast enough, hands in pockets, hands out of pockets, essentially the point was that sometimes it doesn’t matter, they are just going to hurt you and you have to take it.

        Second issue, the main abuse here from Officer Casebolt undermines the advice to simply comply. That girl was complying, and she still got roughed up and manhandled as if she wasn’t. Guys like Casebolt don’t care what it is you are actually doing, they are going to lay hands on you until you have submitted to every indignity he wishes to put you through. This is an extremely common thread in these extremely common cases of unnecessary police brutality.

        • KP

          Slamfu, we agree on much relative to this story and I have read your opinions of cops written here at TMV; so I won’t try to sway your opinion(s).

          However, in my view, you overstate the case (extremely common) against police officers.

          Second, you seem to gloss over _children_ without adequate supervision at a pool party.

          My goodness, where are the parents?

          The reason a 15 year old is deemed a child by law is because their brain doesn’t allow full judgment when it comes to right and wrong because it isn’t fully developed.

          Forget inserting small articles of clothing, coolers, burning a blunt, mollys, etc.

  • Slamfu

    I’m just getting so fed up with this BS. The police are out of control. The “few bad apples” are all over the place, and they invariable show a pattern of lack of discipline and accountability long before it reaches the public via video. While I blame the officers involved, it really is an institutional problem. Police are allowed to go full assault given any provocation and never, never are they taken to task for that incompetence. Blow up a baby with a flash bang at the wrong house, given a pass. Shoot unarmed teens, given a pass. Crash the wrong house, shoot a man in his jammies in his own house at 1am in the morning, given a pass. It’s just disgusting.

    Not only that, but the only real accountability is in civil suits, which the police pay, but really its the citizens who pay those lawsuits. So citizens are paying for the lawsuits against cops caused by cops behaving like gun crazed adrenaline junkies. I have an idea, take the lawsuit monies out of their retirement plans, and charge the officers involved a penalty that come out of their paychecks. Or hell, just fire them. Or better yet, if they killed someone without cause, jail them. Plenty of that to go around

    Long story short, power corrupts. Cops that are never disciplined become as corrupt and incompetent as their PD’s allow them to be, which is apparently quite a bit. So start holding not only the officers involved accountable, hold their superiors as well. Once a few police chiefs get shown the door for allowing widespread incompetence, the rest will fall in line.

  • rudi

    The idiot of a cop actually posted this video on a Youtube account. He’s proud to rough up some “darkies” trying to use a whites only pool.

    Wow. The officer shown brutally manhandling a teenage girl above, Eric Casebolt, has his own YouTube account:

    And he has a playlist of “police training videos,” some of which are blatantly racist in nature. And get a load of this — Casebolt added the video of the pool party incident to his playlist:

    (UPDATE: the playlist has now been deleted.)

    (h/t: @oneforeachofyou.)
    UPDATE at 6/7/15 3:11:17 pm by Charles Johnson

    Here’s a screenshot of Casebolt’s playlist at YouTube, just in case the video suddenly disappears from it; it’s the last one on the list, at the bottom:

  • archangel

    Hi there ‘anonymous.’ Good question. And here at tmv, I ask you to choose another moniker as when persons choose this particular one, it becomes very confusing. So, before you post again, please change your moniker. Many here use their actual names, and we prefer that. Some use handles.


  • StockboyLA

    It’s my understanding those were neighbors. And from what it looked like, they were standing by to make sure the kids wouldn’t get away. They certainly were not there for any underground railroad, trying to rescue teens from the civil rights violations that were perpetuated on them.

  • shannonlee

    This event is disgusting by itself.

    The police need to realize that they are not living in a vacuum. Each of these events are an escalation from the previous because they are happening during a time when the police KNOW the public is watching and they need to be on their best behavior. The lack of behavior change by the police in the US demonstrates the depth of racism in the police culture.

  • Slamfu

    And now Officer Casebolt has resigned:

    I hope he finds gainful employment in another field that better suits his temperment and abilities. Maybe he’s a much nicer person in less stressful scenarios, but police officer is not such a job.

  • KP

    Do other readers entertain the idea that there is shared blame. Am I alone in being able to entertain two thoughts at once.

    For me, #1 focus is on the police officer who appears to over react. Thank goodness tragedy was averted.

    Stipulating that, am I alone in questioning the children who were involved; or the lack of adult oversight?

    I lifeguarded beaches in California for seven years. In other words, there was lawful adult supervision at all times as posted.

    I saved lives in the water, was part of rescues after plane crashes, part of heart attacks on the sand and up the street; and our crew lost a life after a cliff fall.

    Let me be clear, we were the lifeline, first responders, before police and parents. That was our job, so parents could kick back with a cold one in hand at home or hotel room.

    As well, we were required to stop alcohol, drugs, sex exposure, dogs on the beach and the abuse of being called beach pigs. All part of the job.

    Who was watching these children at the pool? I don’t buy the fact that children party at a pool without direct lawful or parental supervision. It sounds like a pool that was not overseen by the parents of the _children_ or lifeguarded.

    • tidbits

      Please step back and reassess the facts. I just watched a tv interview where the interviewees were an African American boy and his father. The boy was at the event. What came up during the interview was that the man’s wife, boy’s mother, was also there to chaperone/supervise. So there was adult supervision. What the quality of the supervision may have been can be disputed, but there was adult supervision.

      This event was also openly announced/invited over social media and included the come-on of “free entry”. There is actually a screen shot of the social media (Facebook) invite that can be found online. So – these kids weren’t just trespassing and climbing fences; they were responding to an invitation that promised “free entry”. And, some of the kids came with parents in tow to provide adult supervision.

      I know the facts are still fluid at this point, still evolving, but don’t get stuck in previous assumptions of “uninvited”, “fence climbing”, “no adult supervision”. As the reporting evolves and new facts surface those assumptions may not prove to be accurate.

      • KP

        I am listening. You may also step back.


        I don’t see where we disagree.

        • tidbits

          Oh, I have already stepped back. Several of my initial assumptions have been disproven, and I have no problem admitting that. For example, my initial comment assumes that this a largely segregated, white community. In fact, it is an integrated community. The [black] inviter to the party lives there. My assumption gives way to the facts as reported. It is fluid on all sides and all assumptions, yours and mine, must give way to the facts as they are revealed.

          • KP

            Thank you. I do believe we agree. As well, I am agreeable to being schooled.

            But I strongly disagree with (paraphrasing) ‘it’s okay for our children to party at a pool while we relax happy to be enjoy silence’. You might be right if I am watching over your children. Not so much if the adult there … or not there … supplies alcohol or turns an eye.

            Facts will continue to come out.

            We can agree; at least one officer was dangerously out of line.

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