McKinney Pool Party Teen Sues Cop, Department And City

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MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – The 15-year-old girl seen on video as former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt slams her to the ground during a 2015 pool party, has filed a federal lawsuit.

Dajerria Becton and her legal guardian, Shashona Becton are suing Casebolt, the McKinney Police Department and the city of McKinney for $5 million.

Cellphone videos recorded in May 2015 showed Casebolt, ordering the teen to the ground, forcing her onto her stomach and placing his knees on her back.

Despite the evidence, Dallas civil attorney Rogge Dunn said Becton’s case will be difficult to win.

“To prevail against a governmental entity on this type of constitutional violation, you have to show a pattern and practice by the city of this type of constitutional violation. That’s tough to do,” he said.

Dajerria and her guardian claimed that Casebolt’s use of excessive force caused physical injuries, along with psychological distress that continues to this day.

Casebolt resigned shortly after the incident. A grand jury did not indict him on any charges.

Dunn said the video will be tough to defend.

“He can’t deny that he took a 15 year old female dressed in a bathing suit and put his knee in her back and later drew a gun. If the officers actions were not consistent with what a jury would expect, then there is potential liability for the city,” he said.

In a statement the city said they deny the claims and will fight the lawsuit.

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  1. Thomas Renee says:

    This young lady isn’t owed anything. If memory serves me correctly, her family is not a resident of the neighborhood where this party took place. She shouldn’t have been in the neighborhood to begin with. If she is “sue happy” she should be suing the young lady and her mother that organized and promoted the party. Not following the officers orders was a choice she made herself. She has no one to blame for what happened to her, but herself.

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