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After McKinney pool-party incident, claims of racial profiling resurface
The case was dismissed and the accuser faced drug possession charges.
The Texas police officer under investigation for drawing his weapon at a teen pool party and aggressively handing a bikini-clad 14-year-old girl was previously accused of racial profiling, excessive force, and falsifying information, court records show.
According to a lawsuit filed in 2008, Albert Earl Brown Jr., who was arrested for possession of “several large rocks of crack cocaine,” accused Officer David Casebolt of pulling his pants down during a roadside search while a second officer repeatedly slammed his head into his car.
Published on Tuesday by the International Business Times, Brown’s handwritten account of the incident accuses Casebolt of fabricating charges, and his partners of helping him cover up a dirty stop.
According to Brown, Casebolt claimed he saw marijuana seeds and an open container in the car. Brown said the officer’s search turned up nothing. He also wrote that Casebolt made comments about there being a white woman in the car with him.
Brown further wrote that the stop was captured on video and that he didn’t trust the court-appointed attorney to make sure a judge saw the tape. He alleged his incarceration made it impossible for him to obtain evidence of his innocence and the case against Casebolt and the other officers was eventually dismissed.
The McKinney Police Department was unwilling to provide reporters with a comment because Casebolt is currently under investigation for the pool party incident.
Officials said Casebolt met with internal affairs on Monday to discuss his actions in the Craig Ranch subdivision of McKinney, which became an international story after video of the incident was published online by a 15-year-old boy.
Approximately 600 people gathered for a demonstration at an elementary school in McKinney on Monday. Many of the speakers addressing the media called on McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley to terminate Casebolt’s employment.
Dell Cameron was a reporter at the Daily Dot who covered security and politics. In 2015, he revealed the existence of an American hacker on the U.S. government's terrorist watchlist. He is a co-author of the Sabu Files, an award-nominated investigation into the FBI's use of cyber-informants. He became a staff writer at Gizmodo in 2017.