Cpl. Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, Texas, police officer who resigned after video showed him brandishing his firearm and restraining a 15-year-old black girl on the ground last week, said his emotions ran high, per his attorney.
The 10-year veteran of the McKinney Police Department was placed on administrative leave Sunday and resigned Tuesday but will be able to keep his pension and benefits, according to his attorney, Jane Bishkin, WFAA reported. Bishkin told the media Wednesday her client has been receiving death threats and is with his family in an undisclosed location.
The video which led to Casebolt’s downfall shows him subduing 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and drawing his firearm when other teenagers approached him during a disturbance call at a pool party, though he never fired. McKinney police chief Greg Conley called his actions “indefensible” and “out of control.”