In the weeks since the McKinney Pool Party incident on June 5, in which a white officer pulled a gun on unarmed black teenagers, a few names have surfaced: Eric Casebolt, the McKinney police officer who was seen in the video throwing a teenage girl to the ground and brandishing his gun; Tatyana Rhodes, the 19-year-old African-American woman who hosted the party at her neighborhood’s pool; and Tracey Carver-Allbritton, the adult white woman who, witnesses at the party have claimed, hurled racial slurs at the teenagers before the police arrived.
What Casebolt did was captured on YouTube. What Carver-Allbritton is accused of was not. There’s a video of Carver-Allbritton involved in a fight with Rhodes on Twitter, but the moments leading up to the encounter weren’t recorded, and she says that what happened is very different from the reports of the young people who were at the scene. And to buttress her point, she’s tapped a high-profile advocate: Gloria Allred, the famed civil rights attorney who’s represented scores of clients involved in high-profile cases over decades.