I don't envy anyone who has to defend Eric Casebolt, the cop who has rocketed to infamy after sitting on a teenage girl while shoving her face in the dirt for the high crime of being a kid at a pool party while black. But man, you have to boggle at what his lawyer has come up with:
And there's more to that day than those seven minutes caught on video, attorney Jane Bishkin said.
"The video that everyone has seen only depicts a small part of Eric's actions that day," Bishkin said, noting that Casebolt had responded to two suicide calls earlier Friday that took "an emotional toll" on the 10-year veteran of the force.
"With all that happened that day, he allowed his emotions to get the better of him," Bishkin said. "Eric regrets that his conduct portrayed him and his department in a negative light. He never intended to mistreat anyone, but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges it presented.
Here is a reminder of another part of the video besides the part where he sits on a hapless teen girl and threatens to shoot anyone who would stop him:
Is this a man who is distraught over having to deal with suicide calls? Or a man who thinks he's in a fucking action movie and can't wait to bust some heads? I gif, you decide.