In November 2015, a shocking video surfaced showing a Texas cop slamming a black teen to the ground as he broke up a pool party.
The incident, like many around that time, highlighted the growing divide between some American police officers and African-Americans.
According to Dallas News, Dajerria Becton, the teen who was brutally slammed to the ground in the video, has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Officer Eric Casebolt, saying that he violated her constitutional rights by using excessive force and for holding her without probable cause.
Casebolt later resigned after the incident, but several neighbors stood by him and said his actions were justified.
Becton maintains that she was invited to the pool party by a resident and that she complied with the officer when he broke up the party.
According to Becton, Casebolt approached her with his baton raised and proceeded to grab her wrist and slam her to the ground.
“The entire time D.B. she could do nothing by cry out in pain and repeatedly beg for her ‘Momma’ as she endured the pain inflicted upon her by Defendant Casebolt’s physical assault,” the lawsuit states.
The City of McKinney issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit.
“The City of McKinney denies the claims alleged against it and the McKinney Police Department, and as such, will vigorously defend the recently filed lawsuit,” the statement reads. “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.”