POLICE BRUTALITY :
UNTIED STATES: CITIES: FORT WORTH, TEXAS :
Protests Break out in Texas Over Shocking Video Showing the Moment a Cop
Violently Arrested a Black Woman and Her Daughter after She Called 911
for Help When Her ‘Son, 7, was Attacked’
By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 14:45 EST, 22 December 2016
UPDATED: 00:34 EST, 23 December 2016
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Protests break out in Texas over shocking video showing the moment a cop violently arrested a black woman and her daughter after she called 911 for help when her ‘son, 7, was attacked’
Jacqueline Craig and her daughter, Brea Hymond, complained to a Fort Worth police officer on Wednesday that Craig’s son was choked by a white neighbor
Craig said that the man had choked her son after he saw the boy littering
Tensions escalated after the cop suggested her son deserved to be choked
When Hymond tried to come between her mother and the officer, the officer pushed her away and wrestled Craig to the ground
He then aimed a Taser at witnesses nearby before going over to arrest Hymond
A video showing a Fort Worth police officer forcibly subduing a black woman and her daughter after they had complained about an assault against the woman’s son has provoked outrage.
The officer was called to the scene after the woman, Jacqueline Craig, reported on Wednesday that her seven-year-old son was placed in a chokehold by a neighbor who caught the boy littering, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
After the officer questioned the neighbor, he then spoke with the mother who grew agitated when the cop insinuated that her son deserved to be punished for littering.
An argument ensued, prompting the mother to raise her voice much to the officer’s annoyance.
Protests erupted outside the Forth Worth police headquarters after the video surfaced.
Demonstrators held up signs saying ‘stop the hate’ as cops waited inside.
Cop brutally arrests black mom who reported assault on her son
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Safety alert issued for Fort Worth police after threat over viral video
BY MITCH MITCHELL, AZIA BRANSON, DEANNA BOYD AND RYAN OSBORNE
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In what some critics are calling a racist incident, a white Fort Worth police officer arrested a black woman and her two teenage daughters Wednesday after the woman called police because she needed help. The incident was captured on a cellphone video that has gone viral that shows the officer pointing a Taser and wrestling the woman and one of her daughters to the ground and handcuffing them.
Jacqueline Craig had called police Wednesday afternoon to report that a man had assaulted her 7-year-old son for littering, according to the womans relatives. Relatives said that a man in their southwest Fort Worth neighborhood had grabbed the boy by the neck in an attempt to get him to pick up the trash.
After a police officer arrived at the scene in the 7400 block of Rock Garden Trail the situation quickly escalated, with women screaming profanities at the officer, who eventually handcuffed and arrested Craig and two daughters, Brea Hymond, 19, and Jacques Craig, 15.
He didnt have to do that, nobody deserves to be treated like that, Jacques Craig told the Star-Telegram Thursday.
A video of the incident was posted on Facebook has been viewed more than 1.9 million times by 8 p.m. Thursday.
The police officer is white and the women are black. The officer, who has not been identified, was placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation by Internal Affairs, police said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
About 100 people gathered at the old Tarrant County Courthouse Thursday night to protest the video, calling for the officer to be fired immediately.
I dont want him to have the opportunity to resign, said Dominique Alexander, the leader of the Next Generation Action Network, which organized the protest. I dont want him on paid administrative leave.
Craig and her family attended the protest but left in tears when the shouting began.
But mostly, the crowds emotion focused on Fort Worth police. They frequently shouted, No justice! No peace!
We know that if that had been a black man grabbing the throat of a white boy, said Cory Hughes, another NGAN organizer, hed be in jail right now.
At a news conference earlier Thursday evening, Lee Merritt one of the attorneys representing the family, said, Its not a situation where someone used a racial slur, but racism is still all over it.
The officer is not going to come out and say I did it because they were black, but the inference of racism is there, he said. If a white mother had called police about their son being choked, I guarantee that the officer would not have bypassed the suspect and arrested the mother.
Earlier Thursday, police issued a safety alert after a threat was posted on Facebook regarding a video of a white police officer handcuffing and arresting a mother and one of her daughters.
In a statement, Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said the responding officer ignored basic community policing standards and his own responsibility to de-escalate the confrontation.
This incident and countless others like them demonstrate that for people of color, showing anything less than absolute deference to police officers regardless of the circumstances can have unjust and often tragic consequences, the statement said. This fundamental injustice is also a threat to public safety. If a black woman in Fort Worth cant call the cops after her son is allegedly choked by a neighbor without getting arrested, why would she ever call the cops again?
When Jacqueline Craig was asked Thursday afternoon if the incident has caused her to lose faith in law enforcement, she said: It hasnt really, because just like with people, you have some good [officers] and some bad. I just have to teach my kids the way Ive been teaching them, to not lose faith.
Ft Worth Race Soldier Arrest Black Mom After Reporting Her 7 Yr Old Son Was Choked By A White Man
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