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Top Stories: Former McKinney Police Officer Faces More Lawsuits In Pool Party Incident

Jul 6, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

More lawsuits have been filed against the former McKinney police officer accused of using excessive force while breaking up a chaotic pool party in 2015.

Eric Casebolt made national headlines for pinning a 15-year-old black girl to the ground. As Dajerria Becton's lawsuit over that continues through the courts, six other black teens have filed two federal lawsuits against the city of McKinney and Casebolt. The suits filed last month on the second anniversary of the pool party say Casebolt, who is white, used excessive force "particularly against black people" and intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

One of the suits also names the president of the Craig Ranch homeowners association at the time of the party.

Neither Kenneth Davis nor Casebolt's attorney have commented.

Other stories this morning:

  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz was in McKinney last night for a town hall with veterans. He spoke mostly about veterans' issues, but also spent some time discussing problems with the Affordable Care Act.
  • Dallas director David Lowery broke big last summer with his remake of the Disney classic “Pete’s Dragon.” For his new film, "A Ghost Story", Lowery returns to his indie roots to tell a story of a ghost revisiting his former life.
  • The Dallas Museum of Art is attempting to set the Guinness World Record today for the most people dressed as Frida Kahlo in one location.

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