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Bernie Kerik: Texas 'Pool Party' Cop Shouldn't Have Resigned

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 03:06 PM

The white cop who resigned after his rough handling of black teens at a pool party in Texas did so prematurely, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik tells Newsmax TV.

"In my opinion, it was premature. An investigation should have been conducted to determine exactly what happened, what he was thinking at the time. Obviously, he resigned or he was pushed to resign by the chief," Kerik said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"The chief has already made up his mind that he was out of control.... Maybe the chief knows stuff that we don't know."

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Officer David Eric Casebolt resigned Tuesday from the McKinney Police Department after almost 10 years on the force.

A viral video showed Casebolt pushing a bikini-clad black, teenage girl to the ground Friday and brandishing his gun at other black teens after he and other officers responded to complaints about fighting at a community pool party.

The incident sparked outrage in the community, with many demanding Casebolt's immediate dismissal. But Kerik said there may be other factors involved.

"Keep in mind, we didn't see all of the video. We didn't see what happened when he got there. We don't know what was going on other than this crazy fight that was going on," Kerik said.

"But listen, you've got to keep your composure, you've got to keep your wits about you, you can't lose control, and in this case, the chief thinks that's what he did. Maybe it's justified."

Kerik — author of the bestselling memoir, "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey From Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #85888-054," published by Threshold Editions — added that nobody should make a final judgment about the incident until all the facts are in.

"Nobody should Monday morning quarterback these incidents until there's an investigation. You don't know what the guy was thinking, you don't know how many more people there were. You only saw, we only saw, the video from the perspective of what was taken," Kerik said.

"You don't know what his threat level was. What did he think? Why did he think there was some sort of threat where he had to pull his weapon? These are all questions that are looked at by a disciplinary review board, if you will, within the department.

"But in this case it won't happen because he's already resigned."

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