Jun 11 2015
GUEST: Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.
A police officer named Eric Casebolt, in McKinney, Texas, has just resigned after being at the center of a major controversy caught on videotape. Casebolt was seen roughing up a number of African American teenagers at a pool party in broad daylight, in particular, forcing a 15-year old girl wearing a bikini onto the ground by her hair and digging his knees into her back as she lay prone, face-down, crying for her mother. He also pulled out his gun despite the fact that no one at the scene was armed and most were in bathing suits.
Police chief Greg Conley called Casebolt’s actions, “indefensible,” and has launched an investigation. The scene unfolded when an apparently unauthorized party of African American teens was organized at an admission-restricted pool for a master-planned community called Craig Ranch. Also part of the story is a fight that apparently took place between the black host of the party and white resident. The white resident reportedly yelled at the black woman to go back to her “section 8 housing.”
The video of Casebolt interacting with the kids was taken and uploaded online by a white 15-year old boy named Brandon Brooks who says the police completely ignored white residents and others like himself and simply targeted the people of color.
On Monday, more than a thousand mostly black protesters marched to the pool at the center of the scandal and denounced the police violence and racism.
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