DALLAS – The attorney for Eric Casebolt held a press conference on Wednesday, saying the former McKinney police officer let his emotions get the best of him when he responded to the disturbance call at a McKinney pool after a harrowing day.
Casebolt, a 10-year veteran of the McKinney Police Department, was placed on administrative leave Sunday. He resigned Tuesday, but will keep his pension and benefits, according to his attorney, Jane Bishkin.
A seven-minute viral video shows Cpl. Casebolt being aggressive with teenagers while responding to a disturbance call at a community pool.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called his actions in the video, which included pulling his gun out and pointing it at a group of teens and restraining a 15-year-old girl on the ground, "indefensible" and said he was "out of control."
Wednesday, Bishkin spoke on behalf of Casebolt, who is currently at an undisclosed location with his family because of death threats.
"He's worried for his family. He's worried he might be followed," Bishkin said.
The attorney started the press conference by saying Casebolt let his emotions get the best of him before he answered the disturbance call at the Craig Ranch community pool.
He had already been called to two suicide calls that Friday -- one involved having to console the wife of a man who had just ended his life. During the second call, he managed to talk a teenage girl off her parents' roof.
Bishkin said those cases took an "emotional toll" on Casebolt, and he hesitated even answering the disturbance call.
The attorney said Casebolt apologizes to anyone who may have been offended during the pool party incident, and said his actions were not racially-targeted. She said he arrested a white girl who was at the scene, but she isn't shown in the video. She added that he never meant to mistreat anyone.
President of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police Daniel Malenfant also spoke on Wednesday, and said he is receiving death threats along with Casebolt.