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Obama Is Aware Of McKinney Pool Party

Jun 9, 2015

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he doesn't know if President Barack Obama has seen the video of a North Texas pool party where officers detained black teenagers but that the president is aware of news coverage about it.

Earnest said Tuesday that early indications suggested authorities in McKinney had taken "what appear to be appropriate steps" in putting the officer seen in the video on leave.

Earnest says it would take a few more days to determine what further steps are needed.

Officer David Eric Casebolt is seen pinning a black teenage girl to the ground. Casebolt, who's white, also pulled a gun on other teens to help keep order as disturbances apparently broke out during Friday's gathering.

Meanwhile, the NAACP is asking the Department of Justice to review the procedures of the McKinney Police Department, which is facing facing heavy scrutiny following the pool party.

Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas chapter of the NAACP, said Tuesday that the organization for now has stopped short of asking for a federal investigation of McKinney police.

He says a review of department policies are needed to ensure officers are responding appropriately to calls involving minorities.

Bledsoe also said independent investigators must review the response Friday to the party where video showed a white officer pushing a black teen to the ground in an effort to restrain her. He says the NAACP is still trying to determine who should lead that inquiry but said it shouldn't be Texas Rangers.

Hundreds of people showed up Monday night in McKinney to protest the police. KERA's Stella Chavez has a recap.