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Texas police officer resigns over pool party incident

A police officer who was caught on camera wrestling a 14-year-old girl to the ground and pulling a gun at other youngsters at a pool party has resigned.

The girl was heard screaming as Casebolt pinned her to the ground. Credit: Brandon Brooks/YouTube

Eric Casebolt was seen grabbing the teenager by her hair and telling her to get her face on the ground.

Footage of Friday's incident later went viral and sparked protests in the city of McKinney in Texas.

Casebolt, who had served 10 years with the McKinney Police Department in Texas, was initially placed on leave but has now quit.

McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley said Casebolt had acted "out of control" in his response to the disturbance that teenagers were fighting.

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Obama declares storm hit Texas disaster zone

At least 21 people are dead and dozens more missing after the storms. Credit: Reuters

US President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for parts of Texas that have been hit by devastating storms and floods this week, killing at least 21 people.

The statement from the White House said the declaration would open up federal funds to assist residents, businesses and governments reeling from the major disaster to help rebuild.


'Distraught' parent at Texas hospital surrenders

The father of a patient at a Texas hospital who became distraught over his son's condition has surrendered without incident.

They said he did not have a weapon.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the man had been with his adult son inside a hospital room in the critical care unit of the Tomball Regional Medical Centre.

Earlier, police had said they believed he was holding at least two hostages.

Harris County Sheriff's Lt Joe Ambriz said a threatening situation arose around 7pm local time, but would not describe it or any details about the son's condition.

The authorities said around 11pm local time that the man was in custody and the hospital was no longer under any lockdown.

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