Texas Pool Party Cop Resigns, Apologizes: Louisville Law Expert Discusses Viral Video


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In an interview today, Dr. Laura McNeal, Harvard Law Fellow and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Louisville says explicit and implicit racial bias, coupled with poor police officer training techniques, led to a confrontation between minority youth and police at a McKinney, Texas pool party. The shocking incident, caught on video shows McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt, pinning a 15-year-old girl to the ground and drawing his gun on African –American teens following a confrontation at a neighborhood pool party.

McNeal - a Law & Policy Analyst at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School – has worked with police departments and can provide examples of ways police officers can promote greater transparency in urban communities and improve urban youth perceptions of officers as individuals there to protect as oppose to harm them.

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