It was announced earlier today that (now former) Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, a.k.a. “Starsky” or the next incarnation of “Paul Blart,” has resigned from the police force, after video was posted online showing him throw a bikini-clad teenage girl to the ground and later pull his gun on other unarmed youths. In case you missed it, said video is below:
The fact that America’s most currently famous barrel-roller was allowed to voluntarily resign, and was not fired for his conduct, points to the ongoing reality that police officers in this country are routinely not held accountable for their misconduct.
And, misconduct it was. If you watch the video, you will see that Casebolt not only arrives at the scene in an amped-up, overly aggressive manner, but that he also continues to escalate the situation and curse at the kids, even while they stand idly by, not provoking anyone. The girl he ended up grabbing and throwing to the ground appears to actually have been leaving when he goes over to her and brings her back, because apparently in his world, young black girls aren’t allowed to express discontent with an over-zealous cop who thinks he’s acting out a real-life “Grand Theft Auto” mission.
Nope, resignation is not enough for Casebolt. He should have been fired, which would have had more severe real-life consequences for his lack of professionalism and outright brutality. By resigning, he is more likely to be able to get a job with another police force, and most likely keeps his pension. Let’s be real here. Anybody else working in the private sector would have received a much harsher punishment for this kind of behavior. And there should be criminal charges brought against him. While it probably wouldn’t result in much of a conviction or sentence, it would send a message that this kind of thing is unacceptable and unbecoming of the police forces that taxpayers foot the bill for. Even if a lawsuit ends up being filed in this case, it is the taxpayer who will pay up, not Casebolt.
As it is now, Casebolt will be free to move on in life without much in terms of repercussions for manhandling a young girl and basically endangering the lives of everyone in his immediate surroundings. I think if “Paul Blart 3” ends up getting made, he has made a pretty strong case for a leading role.
Looks like we’ll have to make more room in the idiot box. A clip has emerged of Mike Huckabee, the Republican presidential candidate who would presume to have “God’s blessing” to do battle against America’s “secular theocracy” if he were elected president, in which he jokes about the fact that he should have pretended to be transgender in high school, in order to get a peek at girls in the shower.
“I wish someone had told me when I was in high school, that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in P.E. – I’m pretty sure I would have found my feminine side and said ‘coach, I think I’ll shower with the girls today'”
Get it? See, because he would only be pretending to be a girl, and that way he could look at the other girls nekkid!
It’s not so much the inherent transphobia of the joke that bothers me. Which it is – in that it implies that transgender people are really just plotting perverts who only want to catch a glimpse of others without their clothes on or using the restroom.
Nope, what gets me about it is how completely lame it is. It’s the type of humor you would expect from an 8th grade boy, and this is coming from someone who wants to be the next president of the United States. Instead of having a serious discussion about gender identity, and the personal and societal challenges faced by people who internally feel like a gender that is different from what is perceptible from the outside, Huckabee and right-wingers of his ilk reduce those issues to an adolescent punchline.
It’s not surprising in the least, however, as it is just the latest in a long string of inane statements that have come from the former Arkansas Governor. This is also the man who has said that women who use birth control under Obamacare are people who “can’t control their libido.” He also recently stated that the next American president wouldn’t have to follow the rule of the Supreme Court if it rules that gay marriage is a constitutional right, since after all, the Supreme Court isn’t the “Supreme Being.”
Photo credit – “Gov-Huckabee-001” by David Ball – Own work. Licensed under Attribution via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gov-Huckabee-001.jpg#/media/File:Gov-Huckabee-001.jpg
Being a douche, Donald Trump has weighed in about Ebola and President Obama on Twitter. And, boy is it douche-y. He explains that the President should personally visit and hug those who have been infected with Ebola.
Donald is apparently still mad that the President hasn’t placed flight restrictions on travel from West African countries hardest hit by Ebola. Even though, as experts have pointed out, doing so would make it more difficult to track people that might have the disease.
How about we trade a few cases of Ebola if we can ship this asshat out of the country for good? Just a thought.
Photo credit – Wikimedia Commons – Gage Skidmore