According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, the policeman on duty whose aggressive response at an unruly teenage pool party ignited a national controversy resigned on Tuesday, leaving critics relieved and supporters disappointed.
The Record-Chronicle states that McKinney police Corporal David Eric Casebolt is a 10-year veteran of the police department.
He voluntarily stepped down while an internal police investigation was going on and during heightened public pressure, including death threats.
The officer’s terse, “two-word” resignation did not include an apology or acknowledgment of wrongdoing, said McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley. On Tuesday, Conley condemned Casebolt’s actions as “indefensible” and “out of control.”
The chief distanced himself from his former employee on the day his department dropped charges against the one person arrested at the scene, which signaled a swift shift in the police’s handling of the encounter recorded on video that went viral.
According to the Dallas Morning News, there were two competing narratives about the incident at the pool – either racist white residents of Craig Ranch and McKinney police harassed neighborhood black kids, or law officers safely dispersed a loud, out-of-control mob of interloping teenagers.
Those were the competing narratives circulating Monday about an incident that has become a national flashpoint about racism and police tactics.
In a strange turn of events, some white Craig Ranch residents said they were so frightened about the possible reaction that they were packing up and leaving their homes temporarily.