Watch This Video Dispatch From the Center of a McKinney Protest

By Sameer Rao Jun 09, 2015

Update, June 10, 2015 at 11:36 a.m. ET:

David Eric Casebolt, the white McKinney, Texas, police corporal put on administratie leave after a cellphone video of him assaulting a black, bkini-clad 15-year-old, Dejerria Becton, went viral, resigned yesterday. In a press conference, Police Chief Greg Conley said that Casebolt, who is also seen on the video pointing a gun at teens trying to aid Becton, was "out of control." We don’t yet know if Casebolt, also a defendant in a 2008 lawsuit  filed by a black man who said that Casebolt pulled down his pants during a traffic stop, remains the vice president of a McKinney Fraternal Order of Police lodge. (Repeated calls to the organization have not been answered and their website and Facebook page appear to be down.) The New York Times reports that the McKinney police department will continue to investigate the June 5 incident. Casebolt, a Navy veteran who has served as a police instructor, will retain his pension and benefits. 


As more details emerge about the police violence in McKinney, Texas, far less attention has been paid to the hundreds-strong protest that happened in the community yesterday in response to that violence. Today, Dallas-based filmmaker Ciara Boniface posted a video entitled "Pool Party Justice" to her Twitter that captured the energy, speeches, and power of the protests from right in the center of the action. Says Boniface in the video’s description: 

On Monday June 8th 2015, the community of McKinney, Texas came together to protest for justice regarding the pool party incident that occurred last weekend. I decided to put together a short video showing highlights from the protest and the march. Our community is determined and is ready for change in OUR streets.

Click below to see the video in full.


Pool Party Justice from Ciara Boniface on Vimeo.