Judge Nap Says McKinney Cop's Actions Were Unlawful: 'This Guy Was a Hothead'
A Texas police officer has been put on leave after a video emerged of him slamming an unarmed teenager to the ground at a pool party.
The video shows Cpl. Eric Casebolt pin a bikini-clad girl to the ground, then draw his gun on other teens.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "Varney & Co." today that Casebolt's use of force was unlawful.
"His superiors did the right thing in suspending him," Judge Napolitano said. "It looks almost as if the teenagers baited the police, certainly this one particular cop, and they fell for it."
"You have the right to say what you want to the police. You can disagree with them arresting you. You can disagree with their tactics. You have the freedom of speech. And they do not have the right to accelerate their force in response to what you say," Judge Napolitano said. "This guy was a hothead."
Judge Napolitano explained that the officer is only legally allowed to draw his gun to resist deadly force, which was certainly not being applied in this instance.
Watch the "Varney & Co." video above.