McKINNEY, Texas — 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 $5 million 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.