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McKinney, Texas, community members want officer charged

06/10/2015 01:58 EDT | Updated 06/10/2016 05:59 EDT
Residents of McKinney, Texas, are calling for charges to be laid against a police officer who quit after a video showed him pinning a teen to the ground and pointing his gun at other teens.

Officer David Eric Casebolt, 41, worked for the police department for 10 years. His resignation followed controversy after he and other officers responded to complaints last Friday regarding a pool party at a community-owned McKinney swimming pool.

Minister Dominique Alexander spoke to reporters outside the McKinney Police Department. He said he does not feel the incident is being properly investigated.

"We met with the chief of police on Monday and we strongly asked the chief of police to terminate officer Eric Casebolt, but he allowed officer Casebolt to resign, to keep his benefits, go with his dignity. He can be in someone else's police department tomorrow," said Alexander.

Pamela Meanes, president of the National Bar Association, said current laws around reasonable use of force and de-escalation are inadequately defined. She called for more clear definitions in the wake of this and other high-profile incidents across the United States involving police.

"McKinney's not a moment. This is a movement," said Meanes.

Officer left home after death threats

Casebolt's attorney Jane Bishkin spoke to the media, saying she was giving Casebolt's perspective. She said he resigned "with a heavy heart" and that he apologizes to "all who were offended." She said he hopes his resignation will allow the community to heal and unburden the police department from negative publicity.

Bishkin said Casebolt and his family have moved from their home to an undisclosed location because of daily death threats.

Bishkin said that before Casebolt responded to the pool party call, he had responded to two separate suicide calls. She said he was reluctant to respond to what seemed like a "simple trespassing call given what he had just been through."

She said that despite the previous calls that day, Casebolt felt he had a duty to respond once the pool party call escalated to possible violent assaults.

Bishkin said Casebolt detained people at the party because he thought they were possible suspects. She said he was not targeting minorities.

"With all that happened that day he allowed his emotions to get the better of him," said Bishkin.

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