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Top Stories: McKinney Police Want To Move On From Pool Party Incident

Stella M. Chávez
A protest last year after the pool party incident in McKinney. Police say they're beginning new outreach programs and will increase training to avoid such incidents.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The McKinney police department says it wants to move past last summer’s high-profile incident when a white officer tackled an unarmed black teenage girl at a neighborhood pool party.

At a community forum last night, Police Chief Greg Conley said the department’s starting new outreach programs and will increase training to make sure this type of incident doesn’t happen again.

The meeting comes after a Collin County grand jury last week decided not to indict officer Eric Casebolt. He resigned shortly after the pool incident.

The teen’s family plans to file a civil suit against the city.

Other stories this morning:

  • Texas drivers will pay more for vehicle registration next year. The board of the motor vehicles department yesterday raised some vehicle registration fees. In-person or mail-in renewals will increase four dollars and 75 cents, while online renewals will drop by a quarter. The new prices take effect January first.
  • Stella Chavez checks in with David Kapuku, whom she first met while reporting for the series Generation One. He’s now a high school graduate, salutatorian of his class, and plans to study petroleum engineering at UT-Austin.
  • Ahmed Mohamed returned to North Texas yesterday for the summer. He was the Muslim student arrested at his high school in Irving when a homemade clock he brought to class was mistaken for a possible bomb. He was quickly released. Ahmed and his family moved to Qatar after receiving threats.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.