An attorney for former McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt, who became a focus of controversy after being caught on video pinning a young black girl to the ground and drawing his weapon on other teens, offered an apology for his actions Wednesday.
“He regrets that his actions depict him and his department in a negative light. He apologizes to all who were offended,” Jane Biskin, Casebolt's attorney, told a news conference Wednesday.
“That day was not representative of his 10 years of service to McKinney and its police officers,” she added, according to MSNBC.
Biskin also said that responding to two suicide calls earlier in the day that the video was shot had taken an emotional toll on Casebolt.
On June 11, the day the incident took place, Casebolt responded to a call where a man had shot himself in the head in front of his family. He subsequently attended another incident where a teenage girl was threatening to jump off her parents' roof. There, Casebolt helped calm the girl down so she could be taken to the hospital, Bishkin said, according to CNN.
Biskin also sought to dispel allegations that the officer was targeting minorities, saying that in addition to placing the black girl shown in the video in handcuffs, Casebolt arrested a while girl at the same incident, the Huffington Post reported.
Casebolt resigned from the McKinney police Tuesday, amid pressure from community leaders and criticism from his superiors.
McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Casebolt's actions “indefensible,” adding that the officer “came into the call out of control,” Buzzfeed reported.
Bishkin said the officer decided to resign with a heavy heart, knowing that it was in the best interests of that community.
An investigation into Casebolt's actions is ongoing, but whether any criminal charges will result is uncertain.