A lawyer for McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt defended his actions by saying the officer was responding to reports of “possible violent assaults” at the pool. Jane Bushkin said at a press conference Wednesday that Casebolt “believed those who fled were possible suspects; he was not targeting minorities. In fact, he also detained a white female, who you do not see on the video.” Casebolt’s actions were “hampered” by some teenagers who instructed people to “defy police instructions,” Bushkin said. The lawyer said Casebolt had responded to two prior suicide calls—one of which involved him consoling the family of a black man who shot himself in a head—and that they took an “emotional toll” on him. “The video everybody has seen only depicts a small part of Eric’s actions that day,” Bushkin said.
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