If I had a daughter who was grabbed by her hair, thrown to the ground, and then basically sat on, I'd be hollering for blood, but I would settle for a shit-ton of money. There is no reason at all for this child, Dajerria Becton, to have been handled this way.
And the sick thing is, the reason the cops showed up is because some racist middle-aged white ladies were starting shit. Were they thrown to the ground?
Nope. In my personal experience as a (youthful!) middle-aged white lady, we do not often get thrown to the ground for starting shit. (We are generally not presumed to be starting said shit.) Casebolt seems to have said something about being furious to have hauled ass out there with thirty pounds of gear unnecessarily. I don't even know who told him he needed to haul thirty pounds of gear out there. Maybe he could have come out, calmed shit down and talked to people instead of getting his tactical face on.
All I really know for sure is--there is no situation where sitting on an unarmed and half-dressed teenage girl is okay. It does seem like other people on the scene were also being stupid, but this is the guy who is on camera actually sitting on a girl. I am really not seeing where there is a present danger where that girl needs to be face-down and handled like that.
I know some people will talk about why did some of these teenagers run? Let's not be stupid--run from what? They didn't torch a liquor store or leave a trail of bodies in their wake. They were kids at a swim party and being kids, didn't want to be in trouble and for some reason, brown and black kids think the presence of cops means trouble. To a kid mind, if you outrun "tag", you aren't "it".
This whole scene is a special kind of stupid. But for the adults who mishandled it, the stupid is mostly on them.