The Fort Worth Texas Police Department is under fire after a viral video released Wednesday shows an unnamed officer apprehending a 46-year-old woman who originally called for help.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jacqueline Craig called 911 after she alleged a White male neighbor choked her seven-year-old son, accusing him of littering.
(The video below contains graphic language and imagery.)
The video, recorded by Craig’s 19-year-old daughter Brea Hymond and posted by Porsha Carver, Craig’s cousin, begins with Craig, the officer and the neighbor. Craig, who is clearly upset, tells the officer that if her neighbor had an issue with her son, he should have come to her first.
“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” the officer asks Craig.
“He can’t prove to me that my son littered,” Craig quips. “But it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t, it doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him.”
“Why not?” the officer says.
Frustrated, Craig tells the officer that she is angered over his line of questioning and proceeds to yell. The officer responds saying, “If you keep yelling at me, you’re going to piss me off and I’ll take you to jail.”
At that moment, a 15-year-old girl who is identified on camera as Craig’s daughter, runs in between the two to de-escalate the situation.
In the next frame, Craig is on the ground, as the officer prepares to handcuff her while deploying his taser. He is also shown cuffing the 15-year-old, forcefully leading both woman to his squad car. Numerous family members try to intervene, while several people are seen yelling and screaming obscenities at the officer.
Craig was arrested for resisting arrest and also has outstanding traffic warrants, according to the Star-Telegraph. Hymond was arrested for resisting arrest and interfering with public duty, records show.
S. Lee Merritt, the lawyer representing Craig and her family members, tweeted on Thursday that the officer never took the initial assault report about Craig’s seven-year old son.
As of Thursday afternoon Craig remains in jail, while her daughters were released earlier in the afternoon.
In response, the FWPD say they will begin an internal investigation into the matter and plan to release a statement to release to the public.
SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram