McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt, now infamous after a video recording of him violently breaking up a pool party went viral, is no stranger to racial problems.
In 2008, he was accused of abusing a black motorist in a lawsuit was filed against him by Albert Earl Brown Jr.
Brown said, in the lawsuit obtained by International Business Times, that Casebolt racially profiled him while he was sitting in the car in April 2007 with a white woman. Casebolt allegedly called him a “dope dealer” and told the woman that she was making a mistake by hanging out with Brown.
He also claims that Casebolt made up a story about seeing marijuana seeds in the car and forced Brown to drop his pants before groping his “private areas” in public.
Brown, who was sent to jail on drug charges, said that it was difficult to track down evidence of his claims while he was incarcerated, and the suit against Casebolt was dropped.
Now, Casebolt, a ten-year veteran of the force, is on leave while officials review the footage of his actions at the pool party. Activists are calling for him to be fired after the incident, in which he slammed a 15-year-old girl to the ground and drew his weapon on other teens who approached out of concern for their friend.
Sources confirm:McKinney Patrol Supervisor Cpl. Eric Casebolt placed on admin leave following conduct at pool party pic.twitter.com/JaJMFWR5Ef
— Zahid Arab (@ZANews16) June 7, 2015