23 Dec 2016

A black mom told the police a white man assaulted her child. They arrested her instead


A Fort Worth police officer has been placed on “restricted duty status” after a viral video emerged Wednesday showing the officer arresting Jacqueline Craig, a Texas mother, who called authorities to report that her 7-year-old son has been assaulted.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday, police said the department’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the incident, which led to the arrest of Jacqueline and her two daughters.

Craig, 46, and her relatives are black, and the officer — who has not been named by police — is white. The nearly 6-minute video — which shows the officer pointing his stun gun at teenagers during the controversial arrests — has been shared more than 65,000 times and racked up nearly 1 million views.

Craig was charged with resisting arrest. Brea Hymond, one of Craig’s teenage daughters, was also charged with resisting arrest and interfering with public duty. A second 15-year-old daughter was also arrested.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for the woman, said that he wants the charges against his clients “dropped immediately,” calling them “completely manufactured.”

“We want to see the officer involved terminated from his position as a peace officer within Fort Worth and would also like to see him prosecuted criminally for his behavior — for his felony assault of my clients,” Merritt added.

“We would like to see the individual who all this started from — the neighbor who assaulted a 7-year-old child — prosecuted as well.” He noted on Twitter that police didn’t take Craig’s original report about her son allegedly being assaulted.

The video begins with Craig explaining to the officer that her children told her that a man in her Fort Worth neighborhood grabbed her son by the neck after the child refused to pick up litter.

Via WashingtonPost

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