I’ve decided not to go to compete in the World Fire and Police Games after seeing a video posted to YouTube showing the police response to reports of fighting at a pool party in Texas, USA. Just days after that video went viral online showing him yanking a 14-year-old bikini-clad girl to the ground and kneeling on her back, Eric Casebolt resigned from his post as a corporal for the Police Department in McKinney, Texas.
The Games is due to start in Washington .D.C in the USA later this month and after the bad image of police brutality in America in recent times I’m not sure if it would be a good idea for me to be around all this until they sort this problem out. I am a entitled to take part in the games as a ‘retried firefighter’ and we had always seen ourselves as neutral to the police even though we are part or the emergency services.
As for the latest incident at the pool party in Texas, McKinney Chief of Police Greg Conley said that Casebolt’s actions on the cell phone recording of the incident were “indefensible. Our policies, our training, our practice do not support his actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident. I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them… did an incredible job”.
I am sure they did as most cops around the world do and I look forward to taking part in the other World Police and Fire Games in Canada and China in the next few years.