By now you must have encountered the Internet outrage over a white cop in Texas “body slamming” a black girl at a pool party. The officer in question has been placed on administrative leave after a video of the incident was posted online. However, a closer look at the video shows that the cop was just doing his job. Taken in context with the situation this is a non-event that has been blown out of proportion.
Before we get to the video, it’s important to know what was going on. BuzzFeed has compiled all of the relevant information. Basically a group of black teenagers invaded a community pool in McKinney, TX. This is not a public pool; it is for the residents of a housing development only. The black teenagers did not live in this development and did not have permission to use the pool.
Residents asked the black teenagers to leave and they refused. Some of the blacks accused the residents of racism, which is probably false, but that doesn’t excuse them from trespassing. Apparently some of the black teenagers staring fighting with the residents and that’s when the police were called.
So we have a mob of black teens trespassing, disturbing the peace, and fighting with residents. This was not a case of police hassling kids at a pool party; this was a real call that warranted a police response. When the police arrived, the black teenagers scattered, disobeyed the responding officers, and created mayhem in the neighborhood.
Now we get to the so-called police brutality incident. Cpl. Eric Casebolt is trying to take control of a chaotic situation. He’s telling the black teens to either disperse or sit in the grass and most of them are ignoring him and/or f*cking with him. He manages to get a couple of boys to sit down when a group of girls approach him. Officer Casebolt commands them to leave the area and they get mouthy with him.
Most of the girls start walking away, but one refuses so Officer Casebolt attempts to place her under arrest. She fights him so he initiates a take down. He doesn’t use excessive force. He doesn’t punch her or kick her. He simply takes her down. At this point a mob of black teens rush the officer and grab at him. He pulls his service piece as a couple of big guys come up from behind him. Once the gun is out, they take flight. Many Internet reports say he pointed the gun at the teenagers, but he never does.
Casebolt holsters his weapon and again tries to arrest the girl, who is reportedly 14-years old. The officer flips her on her stomach and pins her until another officer brings some handcuffs. Like I said, he never beats her or strikes her in any way. The “body slam” was a standard police takedown and nothing more.
The outrage machine is cracking at high gear over this incident, but it was routine police work. The black teenagers were breaking the law by trespassing on private property. They broke the law again by ignoring police commands to disperse or take a seat. Officers had every right to remove the black teens from the housing development. The girl in the video ignored Officer Casebolt’s orders and resisted arrest. He used an appropriate amount of force to take her into custody.
There are several ways this girl could have avoided what happened to her. She could have not been trespassing on private property. She could have obeyed the order to leave. She could have not fought the officer trying to arrest her. Watching through the full video, you can hear and see how disrespectful and defiant these black teenagers are towards the police officers. If you don’t want to get taken down, don’t break the law and don’t be an asshole.
I’m not surprised the lefties and black activists are having a collective freak-out over this, but what does come as a shock is that Officer Casebolt’s own department placed him on administrative leave. He was just doing his job. Are we now at the point where a cop can’t even perform his duties without being accused of racism and brutality if the suspect is black?