Texas policeman resigns after video shows him toppling teen


Staff Correspondent:A Dallas-area policeman seen in a viral video tossing a bathing suit-clad teenage girl to the ground has resigned from the McKinney Police force, the city's police chief said on Tuesday, calling the officer's actions indefensible

McKinney Police Corporal Eric Casebolt, who is white, had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of how he appeared to target black youths at the disturbance on Friday in the city about 50 km north of Dallas, an incident that has raised fresh questions about racial bias in US policing.

"He came into the call out of control and as the video shows was out of control during the incident," McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley told a news conference. Casebolt tendered his resignation on his own, Conley added.

In the video, Casebolt is seen shouting obscenities at black youths in a multiracial crowd, shoving an African-American teenage girl, briefly pointing his gun at black youths and throwing the black 15-year-old girl in her bathing suit to the ground, putting his knees on her back.

"I had 12 officers on the scene, and 11 of them performed according to their training. They did an excellent job," Conley said.