The officer we all watched assault 15-year-old Dajerria Becton at a pool party in McKinney has since resigned and now his lawyer has issued a half-hearted apology on behalf of her client.
Cpl. Eric Casebolt was publicly shamed after video surfaced showing his aggressive and racist behavior spread across the internet like wildfire. In it, he shoves the teen girl’s face into the grass and digs his knees into her back as she screams for her mother. Then, he points a gun at the two friends who try to comfort her by making eye contact.
Now, his attorney, Jane Bishkin is blaming “stress” for his out of control behavior.
â€œThe nature of these two suicide calls took an emotional toll on Eric Casebolt,â€ she said at a press conference on Wednesday.
â€œWith all that had happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him.â€
Of course, she didn’t acknowledge the deep-rooted racism that likely fueled his bad behavior and insisted he i sorry even though he never addressed the issue personally.
â€œHe never intended to mistreat anyone, but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges that it presented,â€ she continued. â€œHe apologizes to all who were offended.â€
She also insisted that the former officer was in hiding for fear of retaliation.
â€œHeâ€™s worried for his family,â€ Ms. Bishkin said. â€œHeâ€™s worried he may be followed. Until that threat subsides, heâ€™s going to be in an undisclosed location.â€
Becton’s attorney isn’t buying the apology and she’s still considering filing a federal suit against him.
â€œStress comes into our lives as attorneys, as reporters,â€ Hannah Stroud told The New York TImes. â€œSo using that as an excuse, or what sounded like a defense, it didnâ€™t bother me, but I wasnâ€™t sure if it perhaps belittled the apology a little.â€