On June 5, 2015, former police officer Eric Casebolt responded to reports of a "disturbance" at a Texas pool party. Once there, while trying to disperse a group of teenagers, Casebolt aggressively manhandled Dejerria Becton, a 15-year-old black teenager, pinning her to the ground while shouting obscenities at her fellow partygoers. Following the incident, Becton's family filed a lawsuit against the police department...
@BBCWorld @BBCNews Teachers go through school without assaulting kids on a daily basis. It shouldn't be so hard for cops to do the same...— nkg (@nkg)1483572101.0
@BBCWorld @BBCNews https://t.co/Ihi5sl4rkF— Lglwry (@Lglwry)1483573821.0
...and justice has finally been served nearly two years later.
Becton and her legal guardian, Shashona, were seeking $5 million in damages, which would cover "mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and attorney fees."
Four days after the incident, which also included footage of Casebolt drawing his gun on unarmed black teens, the officer resigned, and no charges were brought against him. According to CBS-DFW, Becton was awarded $184,850 in May as part of a settlement.
To celebrate the lawsuit's settlement, as well as high school graduation, Becton reportedly threw another pool party—one which would go uninterrupted by bigoted police officers. Everyone detained by former Officer Casebolt was invited, and the celebration was truly a great one!
The internet was overjoyed that Becton finally got some of what she deserved.
@ajplus well, good news exist after all— uday araj (@uday araj)1531260073.0
@ajplus https://t.co/U4RtvoP5Ww— Darc Kent (@Darc Kent)1531259869.0
@VABVOX @TheRoot Hell yes!— Dr. Melissa Bird (@Dr. Melissa Bird)1529589846.0
Though many felt she deserved much more than what she got:
@clarreese_ @ajplus Not even close.— MrGreenWhyteBrown (@MrGreenWhyteBrown)1531262136.0
@xeni Man if that were me, I would feel like that wasn’t nearly enough.— Emily McCaman (@Emily McCaman)1531181019.0
@ajplus they sued for 5 mil. this is all she got?— gimme 2 sec (@gimme 2 sec)1531260035.0
@ajplus @blacksoulsailor Not nearly enough for what she went through.— Jackiej1954 (@Jackiej1954)1531277691.0
"This girl will never be the same," the Bectons' lawyer, Kim T. Kole, told Teen Vogue, adding that:
Anyone who has been a teenage Black girl knows how hard it is, and to have this type of negative publicity, in your bikini, shown all over the world. It tore her up. We don't know who she would have been had this not happened.
The city released a statement saying:
While the events precipitating this case are regrettable, the City of McKinney and the McKinney Police Department would like to express their thanks to the community for its commitment to inclusiveness, order, and unity.
It's certainly a start.