The 16-year-old girl seen on video being slammed to the ground by a McKinney police officer at a chaotic pool party in 2015 has filed a federal lawsuit.
Dajerria Becton and her legal guardian, Shashona Becton are suing former McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt, the McKinney Police Department and the city of McKinney. Dajerria is seeking $5 million in damages. Videos taken by people at an unauthorized Craig Ranch Pool back in May 2015 showed Casebolt, who is white, running after black teens and ordering them to the ground, then forcing Dajerria, who was 15 at the time, onto her stomach and placing his knees on her back.
At one point, he drew his firearm after two young black men charged forward in apparent protest of the Dajerria’s treatment but holstered the weapon when two other officers intervened. The suit claims Casebolt violated the Dajerria’s constitutional rights by using excessive force and holding her without probable cause.