Three years ago, a disturbing video of a police officer in McKinney, Texas surfaced. In the video, officer Eric Casebolt was seen forcibly detaining a teenage Dejerria Becton, as she was wearing a bathing suit.
Casebolt was initially placed on administrative leave before he eventually resigned. Afterward, Becton sued the city of McKinney and last month was awarded a $148,000 settlement.
Becton is going to use some of the settlement money to reclaim her narrative. Her attorney Kim T. Cole told Teen Vogue, that Becton is throwing a fabulous pool party to celebrate the settlement as well as her graduation.
Cole said Dajerria hadn’t been swimming since the incident and her goal is to redo the experience.
“This girl will never be the same,” Cole noted. “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.”
During the whole ordeal, Mayor George Fuller referred to Becton as a verbally abusive, disobedient girl.
Her attorney said in response, “You’re not afraid of white people who pose an actual threat, who walk out of shooting up a church or a school without a scratch on them, but you are afraid of a black girl and her ‘tone’?” Cole said. “Watch the video – she never used a cuss word, never talked back to him – all she did was repeatedly ask someone to call her mama.”
The party will be held this Saturday, June 23. Activists DeRay McKesson and Shaun King have been invited. And according to Cole, the McKinney police are not invited.
Cole also plans to raise money for scholarships for the teens who were detained that day.
You can send donations here:
Kim T. Cole, 2770 Main Street, Suite 186, Frisco, Texas 75033.
Becton plans to attend community college this fall and wants to use the settlement money to start her own business. She aspires to become a dentist.