Target: Mr. Greg Conley, McKinney Chief of Police
Goal: Commend forced resignation of violent officer accused of abusing a teen and needlessly brandished his weapon.
The officer accused of throwing a fifteen-year-old girl to the ground, pinning her there with his knees, then pulling out his gun and threatening her friends with it has resigned following outcry and a recent ForceChange petition. The officer’s assault was caught on tape along with profanity that would make a sailor blush. Thankfully, this awful man will no longer be allowed to wear a badge or carry a gun with which to menace teenagers at pool parties.
There is an insidious sickness that runs through select portions of the police force in the United States. Not all police are afflicted by it, but recently, thanks to the ubiquity of camera phones, it has become clear that a great deal are. The sickness is a mix of violence, racism, and more likely than not deeply repressed emotions. It comes with might-makes-right mindset and an unflinching belief that the violence they perpetrate is entirely justified.
In this case, officer Eric Casebolt apparently thought it necessary to throw a girl to the ground, pin her there, and brandish his weapon. The officer wasn’t responding to a bank robbery, nor was he responding to a hostage situation, he was responding to a disturbance at a pool party. The guests of this party were not violent criminals, they were teenagers who were a little out of control.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley has gone on the record as saying this officer’s actions were indefensible and that he did not follow his training, but in reality, he was just sick. Thankfully this man is off the police force, but something must be done to ensure that men like him are not allowed to become police in the future. The culture of policing must change and by forcing a small change along that road, Chief Conley deserves commendation.
Dear Chief Conley,
I understand that the officer responsible for assaulting a teenage girl and threatening her friends with his firearm has resigned from his position. I understand that he says it was his own doing, but your speaking out against his actions most assuredly went a long way towards ensuring it would happen. He was clearly unfit for a job as a police officer and had very little concept of the idea “protect and serve.”
There is a sort of sickness that pervades parts of the police force in this country. It’s characterized by a might-makes-right attitude, subtle racism, and violent outbursts. Luckily, no innocent people were killed this time, but who can say if we will be so lucky next time?
I am writing to thank you for putting pressure on this officer to step down and I encourage you to weed out other officers like him in the future. I understand that policing is a high stress job, but there is no excuse for this type of behavior. Please keep up the good work and continue to root out the bad apples.
[Your Name Here]
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