City Will “Vigorously Defend” Itself Against Claims After Cop Abused Teen Girl

David Lee | Courthouse News Service

SHERMAN, Texas (CN) – An unarmed, black teenage girl who cried in a viral video as she was pinned to the ground by a white police officer at a Texas pool party claims the former officer’s use of force was excessive.

Dajerria Becton and her mother, Shashona Becton, sued the city of McKinney, its police department and former police officer David Eric Casebolt in Sherman, Texas, federal court on Dec. 19. The younger Becton is referred to as D.B. in the lawsuit but has been named in news reports.





A predominantly white and affluent suburb of Dallas, McKinney was thrust into the national debate on race and police when the seven-minute video was posted on YouTube in 2015. Casebolt and 11 other officers are shown responding to a call about fights and uninvited guests at a privately owned community swimming pool at the Craig Ranch master-planned community.

Casebolt is shown wrestling an unarmed and bikini-clad Becton to the ground as other teenagers cry and scream around them. Casebolt is shown unholstering his service weapon and appears to point it at two black male teenagers closest to him, who run away. Casebolt then reholsters his gun and pins a screaming Becton to the ground with his knees as she repeatedly asked for her mother.

Casebolt resigned and apologized within days, ending investigations by the police department and city manager. He denied racism played a role in the arrest, citing the stress of responding to two suicide calls earlier in the day.

Police referred the case to the Texas Rangers for further investigation, who presented their findings to a Collin County grand jury that declined to indict Casebolt last June.

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