Girl pushed by Texas officer at pool party settles for $150k

2018-06-23 09:48

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A bikini-clad black teenager who was shoved to the ground by a white Texas police officer has settled a federal lawsuit against him and the city of McKinney for almost $150 000.

The legal guardian of then-15-year-old Dajerria Becton filed a $5m lawsuit following the June 2015 incident that was captured on cellphone video.

The lawsuit alleged negligence, false arrest, assault and excessive force by then-Cpl. Eric Casebolt, who was among several officers responding to reports of a disturbance at the party. Casebolt later resigned.

Court documents show the settlement approved May 24 provides Becton with $148 850 and six others on the lawsuit each receive $6 000.

Casebolt and the city deny wrongdoing, but say the settlement avoids the uncertainty and cost of a lawsuit.

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