Transcript and analysis of the McKinney Pool Party video: She did nothing

When I first saw the brutal treatment of Dajerria Becton at the hands and knees of now-former McKinney, TX, policeman Eric Casebolt, my stomach turned. It was revolting, and was to all but the callous.

 

If the only thing different about that scene was replacing Casebolt with a large black security guard the entire conversation would be about Black-on-Black violence. If it had been a Black cop and a White girl, the same people defending Casebolt would be on the attack. But because Casebolt is White, the conversation is not about what it should be, overzealous policing and violence, but about “police just doing their jobs.”

 

Except that Casebolt wasn’t just doing his job. He abused his authority.

At the outset it should be clear there were 11 other officers on the same scene as Eric Casebolt. By all accounts, by the chief’s evaluation, and by video evidence, only Casebolt behaved unprofessionally, rudely, and “indefensibly.”

 

We may never know everything that took place around the 7+ minute “McKinney Pool Party” video shot by teenager Brandon Brooks. For the sake of time and space, I will stipulate that a party was thrown at an HOA pool and a bunch of teenagers (many of them Black) attended. I will further stipulate some teens may have jumped the fence because the “guest limit” had been exceeded. And, for the sake of argument, I will stipulate an unknown and unknowable number of them were not abiding by the rules, and some of that number ran from the police when they arrived.

 

It was this running that angered Casebolt, causing a series of “indefensible” actions, to use the language of the police chief. Casebolt as much as admits it on the video.

 

To this point there have been a lot of defenders for Casebolt’s “indefensible” actions. I hope that changes.

It is worth pointing out that Dajerria Becton, the girl assaulted by now-former McKinney, TX, policeman Eric Casebolt, has not been accused of jumping a fence, being at the pool illegally, causing any problems with the other attendees, or running from the police. Her attorney claims that Becton had been invited. Whether that was a personal invite from a resident is unknown. Frankly it does not matter. She certainly did nothing to warrant the abuse she received.

 

 

I had not intended to write on this event until I saw this meme being circulated on Facebook. It isn’t fair for this girl to be slandered, and as the father of two daughters I’m appalled at anyone who excuses this kind of abuse.11391350_10205776975015873_4850694486082533795_n

 

This transcript is, as much as I was able, word-for-word from minute 2:00 to the end of the the 7+ minute video shot at the “McKinney Pool Party” in McKinney, TX. I chose to spell out all curse words rather than using dashes for some of the letters. If that bothers you, please stop reading now.

 

I used “camera operator” in reference to Brandon Brooks to try and limit the use of names, and provide a point of reference for some of the movement.

 

2:00 – unidentified male, “Officer, I can’t find my bag.”
2:01 – Eric Casebolt, pointing with what looks like a police flashlight, “I don’t care.”
2:06- Camera operator, “Yo, Richard, what color was it?”
2:08 – Male (Richard), “It’s navy blue.”
2:09 – Camera operator, “I know where it is.”
Camera pans left nearly 360 degrees.
2:11 – Casebolt, first off camera, then on. Speaking directly to 2-3 young black boys, “I walked off, then you got up and took off. That’s evading. Right now you are staying. Y’all make me fucking run around here with 30 pounds of goddamned gear on in the sun? Because you want to screw around out here?”
A group of about 5-6 girls, including Dajerria Bection, 15, have been standing on the sidewalk about 20 feet to Casebolt’s left through this entire exchange. Through Casebolt’s entire dressing down of the three boys, no distinguishable conversation from the group is heard on the audio.
2:25 – Casebolt, pointing at girls with flashlight “Y’all keep standing there running your mouths. [Pointing down the sidewalk.] Get outta here! I told you to leave.
2:29 – unidentified female, “I need to get my glasses.”
2:30 – Casebolt, “I don’t care.”
2:31-2:33 – indistinguishable female speaking
2:34 – Casebolt, “You’re leaving now!”
2:35 – unidentified female, not Becton, [sounds like] “I don’t have to.”
2:36 – Casebolt, “Your’re leaving now!”
During those two seconds Dejairrea Becton has already begun walking down the sidewalk in the direction Casebolt first indicated (screen right). Two other girls have also begun walking down the sidewalk. Two or three remain in their original location.
2:38 – Casebolt, now pointing with left hand in a different direction, across the street, “LEAVE!”
2:39 – unidentified female unintelligible speaking
2:42 – Casebolt, pointing with his left hand, across the street, “THAT WAY!”
2:42 – Becton, still moving in the other direction, now 20-25 feet away, yells over her shoulder what sounds like, “Don’t talk shit!” She’s obviously trying to get the other girls to stop their verbal altercation with Casebolt.
[If Casebolt heard this comment from Becton at all, there is absolutely no indication of it on the video or audio. He does not look her way, does not point in her direction, does not turn his head. All video evidence indicates he did not hear the remark at all, so he could not have been responding to it. This is a crucial point because Casebolt’s defenders, including the creator of the slanderous meme above, claimed Becton has been mouthing off at him. This is a falsehood.]
At this point, the remaining three girls begin to cross the street to Casebolt’s left. Becton and one other girl are at least 15-20 feet away from him continuing in the same direction he originally indicated.
2:45 – Casebolt, as remaining three girls stalk away, “Get your ass gone!”
2:47 – one or more of the girls speak indistinguishably to Casebolt, continuing to walk away in the second direction, across the street.
2:49 – Casebolt, again pointing toward this group of girls with flashlight, “Keep running your mouth…”
2:50 – Casebolt turns right, sees Becton (who has never stopped moving in the direction he originally pointed), points directly at her, “YOU!” then begins walking quickly her way in an offensive posture.
Becton is on the sidewalk in the same general area. She is neither looking at Casebolt, nor talking to him. Her back is turned and she is walking in the direction he initially pointed.
2:53 – A female voice says something like, “I want my momma. Call my momma.” It is not clear who said this. If it was Becton she was talking to a young man beside her, not to Casebolt nor in his direction.
2:54 – Casebolt is now at the area where Becton is.
2:55 – Camera angle drops, only the lower legs of multiple people in the area of Becton and Casebolt are visible several yards from the camera operator.
There are no distinguishable voices, male or female, from the area where Becton is standing with others when approached by Casebolt.
2:56 – camera operator, “Yo, Jumper. What the fuck is going on?”
Camera angle begins to rise to see Casebolt pulling Becton (who is either on the grass or the edge of the sidewalk) from the group back toward and up the sidewalk toward the camera operator.
2:58 – Casebolt and Becton emerge from the group. He has clear control of Becton.
3:00 – Beckton begins to spin while in the grasp of Casebolt. It is unclear whether he is spinning her on purpose, or whether she spinning on her own.
3:05 – Casebolt throws Becton to the ground, upper half of her body onto the sidewalk, legs on the grass.
Male and female voices begin to rise in alarm. All the girls who had previously dispersed come running back into the picture. The two males upon whom Casebolt eventually draws his gun are visible beside a small group of trees to the right.
3:07 – Casebolt pulls Becton’s hair, while trying to force her head to the ground.
3:08 – Casebolt throws a left jab at the closest onrushing girl, pushing her back. The two aforementioned males, and a third who earlier walked down the sidewalk with Becton, are very, very agitated, yelling, moving back and forth, and side to side.
3:09 – Casebolt continues to push Beckton’s head toward the sidewalk. Unidentified White male in tan shirt who is in and out of the entire video, enters scene pushing girls back physically. Black male in blue hat and tan shorts, and Black male in tank top and white shorts begin moving around left on screen toward Casebolt’s right. He does not see them at first.
3:10 – All yelling continues, Casebolt slaps Beckton, who is still seated on the edge of the sidewalk, on the back. Both males continue to advance indirectly.
3:11 – Casebolt appears to see both males for the first time. As soon as the two males realize Casebolt has seen them, they back away quickly. Casebolt begins to straighten, looks back at Beckton as he reaches for his holster.
3:12 – Casebolt turns fully away from Beckton, facing the two males, they continue moving away. Hand is on gun, not holster.
3:13 – After two pulls gun comes free, males are already running away.
3:13-3:15 – Casebolt has gun completely free, continues to advance toward the two males who run off quickly. Two other officers enter the screen from behind the camera operator. Both appear initially to try and stop Casebolt. He gives orders to both of them (it seems).
3:16 – One officer bolts after the two males. Casebolt, with weapon still drawn, points after them. The other officer moves left, but does not run.
[At this point it is worth noting neither of the males made a move like he was going for a gun. If you focus only on them in the video, the male with the tan shorts has pulled them up 2-3 times before being immediately beside Casebolt. It was this repeated pulling up of his shorts that some has erroneously claimed as “made a move like he was going for a gun.” Casebolt could not have know all this, but viewers of the video should have.]
At this point, the camera pans to pick up Becton, seated on the ground making no effort to move anywhere. She appears to be trying to get the third officer’s attention. Yelling continues from multiple sources.
3:17-3:18 – Becton, “He pulled my hair!” She is still seated. Casebolt grabs her left forearm in his left hand.
3:19 – Casebolt, weapon still in hand, points finger at Becton, “Get your ass on the ground!”
[Never mind it was already on the ground as it had been for several seconds already. Apparently Casebolt failed Anatomy 101. At no point when Casebolt was engaged with the two males and two other officers did Becton make any attempt to run away or interfere.]
3:20-3:26 – As Becton slaps her hands together and screams, “I want my momma!” Casebolt only then holsters his pistol, grabs Becton again, pulls her up from the ground spins her around to his left, pushes her toward the ground with force, yelling, “On your face!”
3:27-3:31 – Casebolt pulls Becton up by the arm, then pushes her face first into the grass again.
3:32-3:40 – Casebolt holds Becton’s head to the ground and appears to talk into his radio. His words are unclear. Much yelling and screaming from bystanders. All original girls are back on the sidewalk.
3:40-3:44 – Casebolt repositions his body, drags a prone Becton approximately two feet across the grass.
3:47 – Casebolt turns Becton’s head fully face down, putting one hand behind her.
3:49-3:50 – While Becton is fully prone, fully under Casebolt’s control, and not moving at all, he lifts his right leg and drops his knee it into the small of her back.
A female voice is heard above the crowd, “What are you doing??”
3:51 – While continuing with both knees on her back and neck (or head), Casebolt points at the crowd and begins talking loudly, though not yelling. Becton is heard crying with her face in the grass.
3:53 – Casebolt [what sounds like], “Y’all fueled it. Hey! Y’all fueled it. Okay? If you’d chill out <unintelligible>. “
[Casebolt is clearly using Becton for an object lesson at this point.]
Following are many male and female voices, none clearly distinguishable.
4:00 – A male voice, perhaps camera operator, says, “Yo this is fucking crazy. She didn’t do shit. He’s fucking abusing her. He pulled his gun on her.”
4:05 – Casebolt clearly hears this, looks directly at the camera, pointing, and says, “No, I didn’t, and get your butts outta here.”
[Casebolt is covering himself. He did not initially pull his gun on Becton, but he kept it in hand for several seconds when dealing with her.]
Casebolt continues with knee in Becton’s lower back, never moving it.
4:10 – unidentified male voice, “He pulled out his gun on her!”
As people mill around and walk up and down the sidewalk, loud talking continues.
4:22 – Casebolt points offscreen left, “GET OUTTA HERE OR YOUR GOING, TOO!”
4:32 – Casebolt points offscreen left, “HEY, HEY! <unintelligible>”
Various adults and all the original girls continue to mill around within 5 feet of Casebolt who continues to pin Becton facedown with his knee in her back.
4:45 – Becton is heard complaining that she can’t breathe.
4:46 – Casebolt, “Then stop fighting!”
4:47 – Becton, “I’m not fighting!”
[For the record, she never was. There is no video evidence of any kind, let alone proof, that Becton put up any kind of resistance to “arrest” before, during or after Casebolt’s assault on her.]
5:05 – Casebolt again pushes the still prone Becton’s head to the ground.
5:10 – Casebolt to Becton, “You’re going to jail, if you don’t knock it off!”
[At this point Becton has been facedown in the grass, hands behind her, with Casebolt’s knee in her back for at least 20 seconds. She has put up no resistance, not attempted to roll, bite, kick or in any way move, other than lifting her head to breathe. She has called him no names, only cried out for her mother, never directed any verbal abuse or challenge to authority at Casebolt.]
5:22 – After 30+ seconds, Casebolt moves his knee off Becton’s back, keeping his hand on her back. Misc yelling continues. Casebolt continues to look around, breathing heavily.
5:36 – Casebolt continues to hold Becton down with one hand while she continuously cries.
5:53 – The other two officers return with one of the two males who ran away. He is already cuffed, and placed on the grass.
5:57 – male voice, “Adrian, you good, bro?”
6:03 – Casebolt, pointing at one of the original girls who had returned, “I’m gonna tell you one more time, get your ass outta here!” again pointing across the street, still holding Becton to the ground.
6:06 – Casebolt, pointing repeatedly, “Y’all get across the street.”
6:10 – Casebolt stands, and steps toward the sidewalk, continuing to point and yell at people to get across the street. He also threatens unseen people “that you’re going, too!” [to jail]
6:15 – Camera changes focus to Adrian, on the ground beyond Becton who still has not attempted to rise. He looks to be spitting out blood.
6:25 – Officer enters scene beside Casebolt, cuffing Becton.
6:28 – Male voice, “This is my cousin! Those are my cousins!”
Video plays out with Casebolt addressing to Black kids on the ground, and a quick pan back to Becton who is now sitting upright.

At this point there will still be some who say, “Yeah, but we don’t know what she said to him during those few seconds after he walked over to her. Maybe she cursed at him.”

So? And? Maybe she did. What if she called his mother “old White trash”? What if she said, “You are worst cop I’ve ever seen”? What if she said, “Why are you being so mean? I think you’re just compensating.”

It. Does. Not. Matter.

There is nothing Dajerria Becton could have said or done in those very few seconds to warrant the physical assault perpetrated on her by Eric Casebolt.

But, back to the meme. What, exactly, wouldn’t their daughter have done?

Wouldn’t have gone to a party?

Wouldn’t have done exactly what a law officer told her to do?

Wouldn’t have encouraged her friends to stop running their mouths?

Wouldn’t have cried out for help when being assaulted?

Wouldn’t have laid compliantly on the ground while a 40-year old man with a gun repeatedly pushed, pulled, kneed, and pressed down on her?

Wouldn’t have complained about having her hair pulled?

Wouldn’t have from beginning-to-end done nothing wrong?

There is no video or audio evidence that Dejarria Becton did anything wrong. She shouldn’t be slandered for the violent actions of a thuggish cop.

Marty Duren

Just a guy writing some things.

  • Just found your blog and this is spot on! Thanks for taking the time to write out the transcript. I went back and watched the video after reading this and noticed several things I didn’t catch the first few times, so thanks again.

    Oh, and as far as that meme. . . it makes me want to throw up. Unbelievable that people are actually saying this. What people really mean when they say it is “What my daughter wouldn’t have done is have the audacity to be born black.” Sad but true.

    • martyduren

      Thx for the encouragement, Sheri.

  • Katy

    It is very interesting to me how educated individuals, such as yourself, can take this video and dissect it like this and come to any kind of firm judgement or conclusion about the actions of those involved. What happened before the video was shot? What happened after it? Context is everything here. A transcript of the video does not do much to enlighten us any further, it is still an isolated segment of what took place. Further, you are simply one in a million out there who are analyzing this video, and you are using no firm evidence to confirm your claims or deny others’ claims. How is this helpful?

    You paint a picture of this young lady as a completely innocent victim. Though I agree that the cop’s actions should be scrutinized, why not everyone else involved too? Yes you see a cop overreacting, and for that he should be disciplined. And I, for the most part agree, based on what is SEEN..her actions do not warrant his treatment of her. But she was NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, innocent, and attention should be brought to this fact. Why simply point the finger at one person, when obviously there were many many kids and parents alike who also crossed the line, including Dajerria Becton. All that you have is seven minutes of one perspective of a camera, which happened to include a cop abusing his authority. I’m sorry, but having not been present yourself, or taking eyewitness statements into account, you simply cannot dismiss her actions as if they don’t matter. You are reinforcing behavior in teens that is simply unacceptable as well. She does not need to be ridiculed, but others could be instructed by her experience and the result that many bad choices and bad company can lead to.

    It just blows my mind that people can rip something like this from the context in which it took place, ignoring all other facts about the incident, and think that you have the ability to pass judgement on it and the individuals involved.I am greatly disappointed by this grievous mismanagement of resources and the amount conjecture you are willing to make. People like you have a voice. Instead of joining the frenzy of speculation, why not attempt to provide a positive voice that demonstrates the many lessons that can be gleaned from this incident for the betterment of all? Not simply magnifying the actions of one perpetrator, neglecting those of the others. I just expect more, that’s all.

    • martyduren

      Hi Katy-
      Thx for stopping by.

      First, I have no idea what you mean by “this grievous mismangement [sic] of resources.” I wrote this post on my own computer while watching a moving in my own living room. I’m confident to stand before God as having used my time and energy well in writing it.

      Second, as to context. Here are the words of a person who had all the context needed.

      “I had 12 officers on the scene, and 11 of them performed according to their training.” McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley

      “The actions of Eric Casebolt are indefensible, [he was] out of control during the incident.” McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley

      “Our policies, our training and our practice do not support his actions.” McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley

      I am confident that I have as much context as you, probably more. I’ve talked with two people in McKinney, and read many, many articles, tweets and comments. I’ve read the local McKinney news reports rather than the sensationalized mass media.

      If Becton had done anything terrible or newsworthy before this video she would already have been sitting on the groung being yelled at when the video started. You have absolutely no idea who did or said what before the video started.

      You seem utterly carefree to the fact that only Black kids were being cussed out, thrown around, and verbally abused, even though White kids from outside the neighborhood also attended as a result of social media.

      Why are you only concerned with a bunch of kids having bad behavior reinforced? What about the White woman who started the whole mess by assaulting the host of the party? What about the White man who entered the fracas encouraging the White woman to continue fighting while the Black kids were pulling the two apart? What about that same woman who was placed on administrative leave at her work when her supervisors found out she had started it?

      Why do these White people get passes from you?

      Are you unfamiliar with Tamir Rice the 12-year old with a toy gun shot dead by the police in Cleveland last year? Are you unfamiliar with John Crawford, the 20-something father shot dead by police last year in an Ohio Walmart while carrying an air rifle he intended to purchase? Are you unfamiliar with Rekia Boyd shot to death by an off-duty police officer while standing in a crowd? How about Levar Jones shot by a South Carolina state trooper in a gas station parking lot while doing exactly what the trooper told him to do?

      I could go on and on and on and on. History tells us and the present continues to teach that the interactions Black Americans have with law enforcement can go wrong exponentially faster than the interactions White Americans have with law enforcement, and this when the Black Americans are unarmed, non-aggressive, and, at times, absolutely unaware they are being shot at.

      So, no, I won’t be heeding your advice which is tantamount to affirming the status quo.

      • Katy

        Marty,
        I definitely don’t mind clarifying what I meant by “mismanagement of resources.” I believe that, given the various sources that you could have employed while writing this article,such as eye witness reports, testimony from people who live in Craig Ranch, as well as the police report and findings of the impending investigation into
        officer Casebolt’s actions, when they are released. I believe that simply dissecting the video that was taken by a kid and posted on social media is notenough context to go on.

        Which leads into your next point,which was, that the statements made by police chief Greg Conley served as good enough context for you. While they may be helpful, I would contend that these
        statements were made in a necessary effort by the police chief to “save face” for the department. I agree with his statements that the officer’s actions “indefensible”, however, he is merely speaking about the OFFICER. A more accurate context would be a police report involving facts about all that took place, taking into account ALL factors and participants.

        I live near McKinney, and therefore all local news stations have covered this incident every day in every single news cast, since
        it happened. In addition, I have read many articles as well. I also happen to know a family who lives in Craig Ranch, from whom I have personally heard that the majority of stories and news coverage about this video are nothing short of lies. This family and their neighbors in Craig Ranch are receiving threats for contending with the lies via social media, etc. They also verified many of the other facts about this story, that I consider EXTREMELY important to the context of this story. Here are the contexual facts that I consider necessary
        when one is passing judgements from a distance:

        1. The HOA released a statement that the party was not approved to take place in the first place. The girl that hosted the party, as well as her mother, LaShauna Burks, claimed that they received approval by the HOA to hold the party. This was NOT TRUE. The HOA has
        CONFIRMED this to local news sources: http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/09/hoa-releases-statement-on-mckinney-pool-party-incident/28744083/
        2. The pool is for homeowners that live in Craig Ranch as well as approved guests. Not hundreds, obviously. This event was advertised to hundreds via social media for over a month by the girl and by the DJ. The girl claims that they were not going to “use the pool” yet it was advertised as a “POOL PARTY”.
        3.This party was never planned as an innocent “end of the year” party for kids. According to a witness who lived in the neighborhood it involved under-aged drinking, smoking. It was advertised as the #DimePieceCookout. It was a sexually charged event that also
        included loud, inappropriate music. All of this in the middle of a

        neighborhood of families with children.
        4. The party organizer, Tatyana Rhodes (portrayed by media as an innocent teenage girl who just wanted to have a end of school get together) is seen throwing the bird in her twitter profile picture and was actually using the even to sell tickets to an event to another event at a later date.
        5. All of the neighbors, white and black wanted the cops called. It was out of control. (testimony of my friend who lives in Craig Ranch)
        6. Security guards asked kids who were not suppose to be there to leave. They proceeded to climb over the fences.Once eye witness says that the security officer was “accosted” as he tried to get control of the crowd.
        7. There were multiple fights breaking out, one for sure that was instigated by racist comments made by an angry white woman.
        8. Officers showed up, tried breaking up fights and sending kids home. The kids were not complying with orders. More police officers had to be sent in order for them to get control.
        9. The contents of the video shows what happened next.
        10. After the incident ended and the situation was under control, and people left. Kids returned to the neighborhood and vandalized property, knocked on doors and ran off, kicked in doors, stole a
        truck and crashed into other vehicles on the street, etc. This was verified to me by my friend that lives in the neighborhood.
        11. Eric Casebolt and his family have received death threats.

        Dajerria Becton was very obviously part of an event that was not authorized, therefore she was not allowed to be there. Furthermore, she as well as the other kids had been given AMPLE opportunity to leave, (initially ordered by security guard) and they refused.

        Why am I so concerned that these kids are held accountable along with the officer and the white neighbors? Two reasons. First, because every single one of those individual groups played a role in the incident. They should be held accountable for their contribution.
        The officer did not walk into a scene of compliant, well behaved kids that just need some supervision. No. They were setting themselves against the authority of law enforcement, which is against the law. Secondly, these kids, as well as many others,are watching as this story unfolds. They see the entitled, disrespectful behavior that these kids exhibited. They see the officer resign. They hear the
        torrent of articles that blame this on racial prejudice. They see protesters marching and threats being issued. Their behavior is justified. It is reinforced. Therefore, they will do it again. And they will know how to get away with it by blaming others. Their disrespectful attitude toward cops and adults will increase. They need to see the adults in their life condemning this kind of behavior and instructing them from it. They need to learn from their mistakes, and the mistakes of others. But how will that happen if they continually see the blame being placed on everyone EXCEPT them? Kids who are
        always “victims” will never be able to take responsibility for their own
        actions.

        You make the claim that only black kids were being cussed at and told to sit down, yet, how do you know this? Youpurport: “You have absolutely no idea who did or said what before the video started.” But somehow you yourself know? You make the assumption that
        the orders given to the kids in the video are the first time they had been told and these were the only kids that were told to leave. But you don’t know that.Is it outside the realm of possibility that the kids you see in the video where the ones who refused to comply? Perhaps many of the others had already left as they were TOLD TO DO? You make as many assumptions as anyone.

        The white people that supposedly “get free passes” from me are obviously partially at fault. They should be accountable, just as these kids should be. They were WRONG to make racist comments and extremely IMMATURE to start fights. They behaved shamefully.

        My point is simply to suggest that you article does not provide equal coverage of all of the perpetrators involved, and instead, it portrays Casebolt as the sole instigator. You only hold him accountable, and you seem to give everyone else “free passes”. At best, your

        conclusions are premature, based on the fact that the investigation has not been completed nor a police report released.

        Toward the conclusion of your response you make a point that both history and the current trends show us that law enforcement’s interactions with the African American community often escalate far quicker than those of white people. I agree with you. I agree that
        better training, reform and accountability needs to happen in law enforcement, absolutely! All of the stories you mentioned are incredibly tragic. I grieve for those families and all of those who have been victimized by systemic injustice.

        But, not in the story of the McKinney Pool Party. An officer conducted himself wrongly, yes. He should be disciplined and trained. However, no one was harmed. Casebolt made a mistake,so does that mean he needs to be crucified in the court of public opinion? No.

        “The McKinney Fraternal Order of Police issued a written
        statement Monday saying it was sure “that this was not a racially motivated incident and can say without a shadow of doubt that all members of the McKinney FOP and McKinney PD do not conduct racially biased policing.”

        “The subjects involved were a mixture of teens and adults who were trespassing not in a community pool but a private property pool regulated and maintained by this particular Home Owners
        Association,” the statement said. “Vandalism and active fighting was reported in the same area involving this group of teens and adults.” (Dallas Morning News)

        Even if I did believe that race
        played a part in this story. Would it serve justice to make Casebolt the
        sacrificial lamb? His reputation, his job, and his life on the line?

        This writer has a better idea of
        the kind of justice we should be seeking:

        “We don’t just need justice. We can’t just exclusively have an eye for an eye justice. We can’t just exact as much pain and suffering unto others. If an eye for an eye does indeed create a society of blind people (paraphrased from Gandhi), this is a version of justice that in the long run, will only create more fear, distrust, and division.

        Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying justice is not important. Officer Casebolt ought to have been suspended for an indefinite time
        but what if we had room and space for redemption. As Christians in particular,a Gospel story without redemption is a broken and bankrupt theology of the Gospel. God is in the business of restoring broken and fallen people, right? I’d like to believe…I need to believe that for all of us…we are not defined by our very worst mistakes. In other words, the beauty of redemption – for you,me, us, and them – is the hope in knowing that Christ is not yet done with us.

        In the same way that many are rightly and prophetically calling for a more dignified storytelling of all peoples (eg ruminate on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), we must have the courage to believe this
        for others…for all of us. Meaning, is it possible for us to vilify and
        demonize Casebolt in such a way, that it’s not justice we’re seeking but retribution masked under the guise of justice? Do we believe that redemption and reconciliation is possible? Yes, clamoring for reconciliation with justice is lacking but such is seeking justice without a hope for reconciliation.

        In other words, what does RESTORATIVE JUSTICE look
        like? My hope for the church (and for our larger society) is to be bent not just for the clamoring and demanding of swift justice but an

        imagination for restorative justice. Oh, we need a fresh imagination.

        Can you imagine a story where Casebolt is indeed
        suspended but during this time, invited to undergo counseling and additional training? Can you imagine if he willingly went to Dajerria Becton and truly apologized to her and her family? Truly apologized. Person to person. Have you ever seen a police officer after a tumultuous situation…apologize to the said person? Can you imagine the impact this would have on Dajerria? Can you imagine
        the impact on Eric? Can you imagine if their two families got together to breakbread? Can you imagine the impact on local communities? On our nation?…Can you imagine?

        Restorative justice is not what the media is
        interested in. We as Christians, however, should be. We should not follow the trend of incendiary journalism, when reconciliation and peace are what we are commanded to pursue. This is restorative justice.

  • Donna McFarland

    This transcript obviously took a lot of work and it’s very helpful — thank you. That meme makes me mad, too. If this short video shows anything, it shows that Becton did not deserve to be treated the way she was.

  • Norris Deajon

    Thank you so much for doing this analysis. I actually thought about doing it myself because I get so infuriated by people who can look at a video and see (and hear) WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE and not what really happened. I think many people are okay with filling in the blanks of what they don’t know with what they want to believe. It’s like they arrive at a desired conclusion first based on their prejudices, then they distort and misinterpret the facts to support that conclusion. (like those who say the boys who the officer drew the gun on came up behind him. Clearly not true.) To be fair, people of all types are doing this these days and it’s the reason why we’re drifting further and further apart. Maybe some people when presented with a careful analysis of the facts like this will be willing to change their minds about what happened, but shamefully, more people will simply accuse you of lying to support some anti-cop, anti-white, liberal agenda. Sad.