Cop who pulled gun at pool party re­signs

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY MIRA OBERMAN

A Texas po­lice of­fi­cer video­taped pulling a gun out at a teen pool party re­signed Tues­day in the lat­est racially charged in­ci­dent in­volv­ing al­leged ex­ces­sive force by U.S. law en­force­ment.

McKin­ney Po­lice Chief Greg Con­ley de­nounced Eric Case­bolt’s “in­de­fen­si­ble” ac­tions, in­sist­ing they did not re­flect the depart­ment’s “high stan­dard of ac­tion.”

Video filmed by one of the teens and later posted on YouTube shows Case­bolt — who is white — shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties at the black teenagers as he or­ders them to lie on the ground.

At one point, he is seen throw­ing a bikini-clad girl to the ground and pin­ning her down. He then pulled out his gun when two young black men ap­proached, ap­par­ently try­ing to help her.

Con­ley said a dozen of­fi­cers were sent to the com­mu­nity cen­ter Fri­day amid re­ports of a “dis­tur­bance” at the com­mu­nity pool. A group of un­in­vited young­sters had shown up at the pool party and then re­fused to leave, po­lice said.

Au­thor­i­ties launched a probe af­ter be­com­ing aware of the ex­is­tence of the video, which went vi­ral and was re­played re­peat­edly on U.S. news broad­casts.

The in­ci­dent comes at a time of height­ened racial ten­sions in the wake of a se­ries of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing ques­tion­able use of some­times lethal po­lice force in black com­mu­ni­ties across the United States.

Late Mon­day, a group of pro­test­ers demon­strated at a school and a po­lice sta­tion in McKin­ney, wav­ing signs that read “End Po­lice Bru­tal­ity” and call­ing for Con­ley to lose his job.

The U.S.

Jus­tice Depart­ment has launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions into pos­si­ble civil rights vi­o­la­tions by po­lice in a num­ber of the cases.

Long-sim­mer­ing ten­sions erupted into weeks of some­times vi­o­lent protests af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of un­armed black teenager Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri in Au­gust.

A grand jury de­clined to in­dict the of­fi­cer who shot Brown and in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment later con­curred that he acted in self-de­fense.

The fam­ily of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot dead by po­lice while hold­ing a toy gun in Cleve­land in Novem­ber, is still wait­ing to hear if pros­e­cu­tors will charge the of­fi­cers in­volved.

A num­ber of other in­ci­dents that gained na­tional at­ten­tion in re­cent months have led to crim­i­nal charges against the of­fi­cers in­volved.

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