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McKinney officer responded to 2 suicide calls before pool incident

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Jane Bishkin of Dallas, the attorney representing McKinney Officer David Casebolt, speaks to the media about the case on Wednesday.
Jane Bishkin of Dallas, the attorney representing McKinney Officer David Casebolt, speaks to the media about the case on Wednesday. WFAA.com

A North Texas police officer was reluctant to respond to a disturbance at a community pool where he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground because he had already responded to two suicide calls, which had taken an "emotional toll."

Jane Bishkin, the attorney for former McKinney Cpl. Eric Casebolt, said at a news conference Wednesday that Casebolt ultimately felt compelled to answer the call because of reports of fighting at the pool.

Bishkin says Casebolt, who resigned Tuesday, and his family have been forced to leave their home because he's received death threats after the release of a video that showed his actions.

She says Casebolt apologizes for his actions and acknowledges that his emotions got the better of him Friday.

Meanwhile, national and local civil rights leaders want Casebolt to be criminally charged for his actions last week.

They said at a separate news conference Wednesday in McKinney that it's not enough that he has resigned from the police force. They say he needs to be charged for wrestling the girl to the ground.

They did not specify what crime he should be charged with.

Casebolt, who is white, resigned Tuesday after facing heavy criticism after his actions Friday, when dozens of teens, many of them black, had gathered at a neighborhood pool for a party. Cellphone video showed Casebolt forcing the girl to the ground.

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