Dajerria Becton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Dajerria Becton

Dajerria Becton, 15, speaks with Fox 4 News. (YouTube Screengrab)

A 15-year-old girl has spoken out after she was violently arrested by a McKinney, Texas, police officer who was responding to a call for a disturbance at a pool party on Friday.

A video of the incident, which has gone viral, shows Dajerria Becton being dragged by the arm and thrown to the ground on her face by McKinney Corporal Eric Casebolt. The 40-year-old white officer, who has worked in McKinney for about 10 years, was suspended after the video was posted online.

Dajerria, who is black, was not charged.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Dajerria Says Casebolt Must Have Thought She Said Something ‘Rude’ to Him

The video shows Corporal Eric Casebolt yelling and cursing at Dejerria Becton and her friends, telling them to leave the area. He then turns away to speak to other teens. When he returns to Dejerria and her friends, he tells them to not “keep standing there running your mouths,” and says to leave “now.” Dajerria begins to walk away, but then Casebolt yells at her, runs over, grabs her by the arm, and drags her from the sidewalk onto a grassy area.

Dajerria spoke publicly for the first time about the incident on Sunday, telling Fox 4 News:

He told me to keep walking and I kept walking and then I’m guessing he thought we were saying rude stuff to him. He grabbed me and he like twisted my arm on the back of my back and he shoved me in the grass, he started pulling the back of my braids and I was like telling him that he can get off me because my back was hurting really bad.

The video shows Casebolt slamming Dajerria onto her face, and then holding his knee into her back. Her friends begin yelling at him to stop hurt him, while she cries out for her mother. Two of the teens watching move toward Casebolt, and he steps off of Dajeria, pulls out his gun and points it at them. As they run, Casebolt is grabbed by two other officers, who hold him back and then chase after the other teens.

Casebolt then drops back down on top of Dajerria and handcuffs her.


2. Casebolt Pulled on Her Braids & Kneeled on Her Back, Dajerria Says

Dajerria Becton told Fox 4 News that her back hurt as Casebolt kneeled on her back. She also said he pulled her braids when he was detaining her.

“It wasn’t right, I think his force was excessive,” Becton’s aunt told the news station.


3. Dajerria Says She Was Invited to the Party & Was Not Involved in the Fight

McKinney Texas Pool party

Dajerria Becton, on the ground in the bikini, was not charged. (YouTube)

Dajerria said she was an invited guest at the party and was not involved in the earlier fight between white parents and black teens that led to the police response.

Some residents of the community say more than 70 teens came to the Craig Ranch North Community Pool and were not supposed to be there. They said the party was unauthorized. But a local resident said she and her daughter organized the end-of-the-year party:

Teens who were at the community pool told Buzzfeed News the fight started between adults and teens when the adults made racist comments, including telling the black youths to “return to Section 8 housing.”

The teen who shot the video, Brandon Brooks, told Buzzfeed, “Everyone who was getting put on the ground was black, Mexican, Arabic. [The cop] didn’t even look at me. It was kind of like I was invisible.”


4. She Says Casebolt ‘Getting Fired Is Not Enough’

Dajerria told Fox 4 News that Casebolt being fired “is not enough.” Casebolt is currently on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation.

McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said at a press conference Sunday, “Several concerns about the conduct of one of the officers at the scene have been raised. The McKinney Police Department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law. We are committed to preserving the peace and safety of our community for all our citizens.”

Mayor Brian Loughmiller said in a statement, “Having seen the YouTube video I am disturbed and concerned by the incident and actions depicted in the video. Our expectation as a City Council is that our police department and other departments will act professionally and with appropriate restraint relative to the situation they are faced with.”


5. Local Activists Plan to Protest Against Casebolt & the McKinney Police

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The Next Generation Action Network is planning a peaceful protest in McKinney in reaction to the video.

The protest will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Comstock Elementary School. The group plans to then march to the pool where the incident happened.

79 Comments

79 Comments

weeping

First of all, God bless you Sammi for serving this country in an honorable manner. My Uncle Bobby died serving his country while saving the other men he rescued – all so I and others could be free. You obviously believe this United States of America should be the land of the free and the home of the brave, as did my uncle. Your words should be honored by all, and I can say that they are by me.
To the rest ignoring the facts, I would simply suggest to watch the video. The video quite obviously completely corroborates Dajerria’s story. Dajerria, an invited guest, though unjustly told to leave by a cursing, gun-wielding madman, apparently attempts to do so. What does she get for her obedience? As she is walking away, the mad man runs after her, slams her head into the concrete sidewalk, pulls her by the hair, twists her little arm behind her back, places his overweight body on her frail back, handcuffs her, and continues cursing. The two young who men, who should be considered heroes for doing what any decent man would do in such a situation, attempting to rescue a girl being beat up by a mad man, have a gun pulled on them, are chased down and handcuffed. Thankfully, the other two cops restrained the office, or the two young men likely could have been murdered. I weep tonight for my country, and I weep for Uncle Bobby who died trying to ensure that these kinds of things never happened in his beloved United States. May his memory be honored and justice be served. God help us. We desperately need it.

standingbarefoot

At the very beginning of the video did you see Dajerria running in the opisite direction from the officer? This would be before he dropped his flash light and before his roll..
Did you see she came back to the area that the police was trying to clear?
Did you see the police handcuffing her freinds on the grass? Did you see any concren or any emotion towards them? (This concerns me)
Did you see her proceeded to walk in front of the police vehicle, then back to where the cop was?
Did you hear him tell them to leave now?
Did you see her walk out of camera view while the police man was still visable?
How did she end up (again) at the same point? If he was still in camera frame and she wasnt, then she turned around again towards the cop. Correct?

How many times is that?

Since I saw this video I have changed my parenting skills. Im on the “first time only rule” and im bring back the dictionary. Leave= means to leave, sit down= means sit down, no=means no. There is no other interpretation.

Anonymous

Important points but the video I’ve seen doesn’t show all of that.

Anonymous

There is three videos I have seen 1) the video that has been repeated on MSM. I had the same reaction as everyone else 2) the YouTube video, by brandon brooks, cop at pool party (original) 7.20 minutes. 3) original fight

I just reviewed the #2 video again. At the beginning of video, you can see her in the background running the opposite direction as the cop. You can see her right before and after “the cop roll” can not tell if it is her saying “lets get out of here”

Regardless, it changed my opinion. I do not agree with the way it was handeled, and he could have used different tactics. Would they have worked? I dont know. All I know is what I can do, and that is teach my children, if a cop tells you to leave, sit, be quite, zip your lips. do what is asked … if you think they are wrong, ask simple questions then remain silent. Our 5th amendment… also biblical.

Anonymous

Sorry, meant answer simple questions. Were you invited to the party? Yes or no.

The cop stopped and educated the two boys, about what to do in those circumstances, also (very telling) we will figure it all out in a minute.

Two teens were being handcuffed right in front of her..she didnt even acknowledge the circumstance. . Appeared like she didnt care.

ric

even if all you say is correct. the where is the arrest? Never lay hands on a citizen unless you can support it with an arrest. You may want to live in Nazi Germany. Most everyone else does not

Robyn

THANK YOU! I am so tired of hearing how all of this was that cops fault. I’ve seen a whole lot more than the bs videos posted here, or the 7 minutes that have been made viral of an actual invasion. There is a proper way to interact with the police and this was not it. It has NOTHING to do with race. The girl above (20 btw) organized the party via twitter, and billed it as a pool party. The multi racial community has a HoA and their rules state that a pool party may have no more than 20 guests, requires reservations & a $150 deposit. The party was set up at the park next to the pool. Party goers wanted to swim so they climbed the gate. When security showed up asking for key cards (which only residents have) from EVERYONE the people who climbed the fence started complaining that it was because they were black. How many lives are going to be destroyed before the truth comes out, if it every does? Every bit of info I’ve gathered has been from online sources. Take the time to look and google, you’ll be amazed at the info that is out there that disproves every sentence of this article. What ever happened to real journalism? Oh, that’s right, they’ve sold their souls for ratings.

JerryLee

Torture him before killing him !!! I truly could hurt this guy very bad, hope they beat him every day in jail !!!!

NyteShayde

I really don’t think torture and death is necessary for an assault charge. Slow your roll.

Thugggg

STFU loser ,understand loser say something again loser

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