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McKinney Pool Party: Girl Sues After Police Officer Pinned Her Down

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A girl who appeared in a viral video to be pinned down by a police officer at a pool party in McKinney, Texas, in 2015 has sued the officer, the police department and the city. (Screengrab via YouTube)

By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 01:52 PM

A girl at a McKinney pool party, who was pinned to the ground by a police officer in the summer of 2015, has sued the officer, the police department, and the Texas city in federal court.

Dajerria Becton was 15 at the time of the party where then lawsuit charged that former Cpl. Eric Casebolt, of the McKinney Police Department, used excessive force to take her to the ground and hold her face down without probable cause, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Sherman, Texas, on Dec. 19, by her legal guardian Shashona Becton, Courthouse News noted. The family is asking for $5 million in damages.

The viral video made national headlines and sparked complaints of racism. Casebolt is white while Becton, along with many at the pool party, were African-American, the Morning News noted.

Police responded to the affluent Dallas suburb of McKinney on a call of fighting and uninvited guests at a privately owned community swimming pool at the Craig Ranch community, Courthouse News said.

A YouTube video, which has been viewed 12 million times, appears to show Casebolt wrestling an unarmed and bikini-clad Becton to the ground as other teenagers screamed. The officer was also shown apparently pointing his service weapon at two male teenagers, who eventually ran away, according to Courthouse News.

The lawsuit charged that Casebolt repeatedly grabbed the back of Becton's head and forced her face down, remaining on top of her for several minutes, the Morning News reported. The complaint said Casebolt handcuffed her even though she followed all of his commands, the newspaper noted.

Casebolt resigned from the police force after the incident, and police chief Greg Conley called the officer's behavior "indefensible," the Morning News noted. In June, 2016, a Collin County grand jury declined to indict Casebolt in connection with the incident, according to Courthouse News.

McKinney city officials said in a statement Tuesday that the city would "vigorously defend" itself in the lawsuit, Courthouse News noted.

"McKinney prides itself in cultivating the highest standards of training and professionalism for our officers, and it strongly believes that its standards and training will withstand legal challenge," the city said in its statement.

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