Family of teenager that got tackled by police officer outside Dallas community pool sues cop
After a grand jury on Thursday, June 23 decided not to indict Corporal David Eric Casebolt of the Mckinney Police Department in Texas, who was on trial following mobile phone video evidence showing him tackling 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground outside a pool party in June 2015 posted on YouTube, Becton’s family decided to sue the police officer.
Kim Cole, the legal counsel for Becton’s family, said their camp plans to file civil rights and personal injury lawsuits, a report from The Dallas Morning News showed.
Casebolt was among the police officers who responded to a call at around 7 p.m. that day at a community pool in a racially diverse subdivision north of Dallas. The video footage showed him shouting at teenagers and ordering them to go home. He then approached Becton, and after she lingered, Casebolt shoved her down on the grass by the head, arms, and back, and yelled, “On your face!”, placing both of his knees on her back. Becton cried and asked for her mother, and when several people went towards her, Casebolt pulled out his handgun to ward off any person who tried to come near them.
Police officers said Becton was arrested and later released to her parents while one of the youngsters was taken into custody on charges of interfering with the duties of a police officer and evading arrest, both of which were later dropped.
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