Ex-of­fi­cer, in hid­ing, apol­o­gizes

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Matt Pearce

The for­mer Dal­las-area po­lice of­fi­cer crit­i­cized for ag­gres­sively han­dling teenagers at a pool party has gone into hid­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing death threats, his at­tor­ney said, and he “apol­o­gizes to all who were of­fended.”

Video of McKin­ney Po­lice Cpl. Eric Case­bolt at the Fri­day evening party went vi­ral, trig­ger­ing protests and con­tro­versy.

His at­tor­ney, Jane Bishkin of Dal­las, said at a tele­vised news con­fer­ence that Case­bolt had been emo­tion­ally un­set­tled by two sui­cide calls he han­dled shortly be­fore re­spond­ing to re­ports of tres­pass­ing and as­sault at the pool party.

“He does rec­og­nize that his emo­tions got the best of him, and the prior sui­cide calls put him in an emo­tional place that he would have pre­ferred not to been in when re­spond­ing to this call,” Bishkin said.

Case­bolt re­signed Tues­day as McKin­ney city of­fi­cials pub­licly con­demned his con­duct.

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