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    Thousands are expected to attend a Friday protest calling on the McKinney, Texas police department to remove officer Eric Casebolt for assaulting teenagers at a pool party, advocacy group Next Generation Action Network President Dominique Alexander told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Hundreds of peaceful protesters rallied in Dallas on Monday, calling on the McKinney Police Department to fire Casebolt.

    “One of the things, we want him fired and we want him charged with assault to a minor. We’re not going to silence until these things are done.”

    On Friday, Casebolt wrestled an African American teenage girl to the ground and pointed his gun at unarmed teenagers at a party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney. The encounter was captured on video prompting citizen outrage.

    Alexander said he hopes the Friday rally will help the community address what he described as daily occurrence of police brutality.

    “Friday will bring a lot more people out there, [and] will bring the transparency that’s needed in this community.”

    Following the incident, the McKinney Police Department placed officer Casebolt on administrative leave.

    On Tuesday, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said the police’s decision to suspend the officer was the prudent thing to do.

    Police brutality continues to be an urgent social problem in the United States. The issue has made headlines as numerous, often violent protests have swept the country amid a string of police killings.

    Jason Harrison, 38, was shot dead by Dallas police on June 14, 2014 for refusing to stop twiddling a screwdriver.
    Jason Harrison, 38, was shot dead by Dallas police on June 14, 2014 for refusing to stop twiddling a screwdriver.

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