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Black Teen Slammed by Officer at Texas Pool Party Settles with City

The 15-year-old bikini-clad girl who was forced to the ground by a police officer at a 2015 pool party in McKinney, Texas, has reached a settlement with the officer and the city.

Dajerria Becton was a bystander at the party that was breaking up after it had gotten out of hand when she was pinned to the ground on her stomach by the officer, Eric Casebolt. A video showed Casebolt and other officers had targeted the group of Black teens at the party.

No charges were ever filed, and Casebolt resigned amid the national fallout from the viral video.

An attorney for Dajerria, who along her family filed a federal lawsuit over the incident, said the experience traumatized her client.

“This girl will never be the same,” attorney Kim Cole said in a statement. “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.”

Under the terms of the settlement, the plaintiffs and their attorneys will be paid $184,850 by the self-insurance risk pool for the city of McKinney, with $148,850 going to Dajerria.

Cole said her client plans to throw another pool party to celebrate the settlement.

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