The weekend’s social media feeds were buzzing over a racially-charged fight that broke out at a pool party in McKinney, Texas that showed a police officer draw his weapon on African-American teenagers and throw a 14 year old girl in a bathing suit to the ground and handcuffing her. That officer was placed on administrative leave and later resigned. But then the social media turned its attention to a woman said to have sparked the fight and matched her identity to a Facebook profile.
A Twitter-bomb identified Tracey-Carver Allbritton initially as a Bank of America employee and demanded the Bank fire her. The Bank responded in kind saying Allbritton worked for a vendor of theirs, a company called CoreLogic which is based in Irvine after moving to the Spectrum from Santa Ana a couple of years ago. CoreLogic has placed Allbritton on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident. CoreLogic provides financial profiles for banking customers that are used in approving mortgages and other financial transactions.
The company provided this statement to the Dallas Morning News:
“CoreLogic does not condone violence, discrimination or harassment and takes conduct that is inconsistent with our values and expectations very seriously,” the firm wrote in a statement reported by Dallas News. “As a result of these pending allegations, we have placed the employee in question on administrative leave while further investigations take place.”
The company has done the right thing here. And the prudent course of action is a thorough investigation of the incident. Allbritton, according to the Daily Kos, was confirmed to have made racist comments that led to the fight. And these comments may well cost this woman her job. But the company should take their time to gather the facts before deciding what to do.
The much bigger deal here are the actions of Officer David Eric Casebolt. If you watch the video of the incident, Casebolt targets African-Americans here while letting anyone white is left alone by the police. The defense of the police officer by Fox News simply defies logic.