Witness at TX Pool Party: Officer Acted Appropriately to Stop 'Chaos'
Hundreds of protesters hit the streets in Texas tonight over a viral video that shows a tense confrontation between a police officer and a group of teens at a pool party.
Trace Gallagher reported on "The Kelly File" that the Friday incident in McKinney, Texas started when local residents who were at the neighborhood pool confronted a group of teens who had showed up for a combined "birthday and graduation" party.
Several residents said that the music being played by a DJ at the pool was "inappropriate" and too loud, Gallagher explained.
A group of officers responded, but the actions of Cpl. Eric Casebolt have drawn criticism for being excessive.
The video appears to show Casebolt throw Dajerria Becton to the ground and pin her with his knees as she was face down.
Some residents in the neighborhood support what the officer did.
Sean, a witness to the incident who didn't want to be fully identified, told Megyn Kelly that he thought Casebolt acted "the way he needed to to help end the chaos that was happening."
He said when Casebolt arrived on the scene, it was "chaos." He felt Casebolt acted appropriately by instructing 13-15 kids to sit on the ground while he tried to calm the situation.
Sean said things started to escalate when some of the teens got up and some started to run away, prompting Casebolt to pursue.
"It wasn't just black kids. There was a white female, who was one of the first I saw in handcuffs," he explained, adding that the officer only targeted the kids who tried to run away.
Sean said the altercations that he witnessed before the cops arrived left his seven-year-old son in tears.
He said a DJ was blasting music that was not appropriate for children to hear, and some teens entered the pool area by jumping the fence.
Some reports have indicated that there were racial remarks made to the black teens at the pool. Sean said he didn't hear any racist comments.
Casebolt is now on administrative leave while the police department investigates.
Watch the full video above.
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