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For Eric Casebolt, A Resignation Is Not Enough

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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.