[Net-Gold] CRIME AND CRIMINALS: ASSAULT : POLICE: MISCONDUCT : POLICE BRUTALITY : UNITED STATES: CITIES: FORT WORTH, TEXAS: Charges Dropped after Video Shows Cop Using Excessive Force in Fort Worth Arrest

 

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CRIME AND CRIMINALS: ASSAULT :

POLICE: MISCONDUCT :

POLICE BRUTALITY :

UNITED STATES: CITIES: FORT WORTH, TEXAS:

Charges Dropped after Video Shows Cop Using Excessive Force
in Fort Worth Arrest

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Charges Dropped after Video Shows Cop Using Excessive Force
in Fort Worth Arrest

Published time: 26 Jan, 2017 20:49

RT

https://www.rt.com/usa/375216-fort-worth-craig-body-camera/

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Video footage of a racially-charged arrest in Texas shows the police officer used excessive force and indicates he falsified details of the incident in his official statement. In response to the leak, the charges against Jacqueline Craig were dropped.

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Through what he called a trusted source, Lee Merritt, Craig’s attorney, obtained police body camera footage of the December 21 arrest. The arrest occurred after Craig called police to report that a neighbor had assaulted her young son.

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Video of the arrest captured by Craig’s 19-year-old daughter was immediately posted on Facebook Live and went viral. The newly released video from the arresting cop’s bodycam shows him kicking Craig’s 15 year-old daughter.

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Merritt’s previous requests of the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) for that video had gone unfulfilled. In addition, Merritt accessed FWPD documents related to the arrest. The video and documentation were given to various news outlets including The Root, which released the materials early Thursday.

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In response to the leak, Fort Worth authorities have dropped all charges against Craig and her 19-year-old daughter, Brea Hymond. The city also announced that the neighbor, Itamar Vardi, will be charged with a Class C misdemeanor assault charge, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Merritt had previously called for the neighbor to be charged with felony assault.

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Craig, a 46-year-old black woman, and two of her daughters were arrested on December 21 after she called police to report that a neighbor had grabbed her 7-year-old son by the neck for littering.

Officer William Martin, a 36-year-old white officer, responded to the call and proceeded to escalate tensions at the scene, focusing on Craig’s parenting and not the neighbor. When Craig’s 15-year-old daughter attempted to step between a heated Craig and Martin, the officer sprung into action, pointing a Taser at Craig and aggressively arresting her and two of her daughters.

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Craig and Brea Hymond were charged with resisting arrest, interference with a “peace” officer and failure to provide identification. The 15-year-old daughter was not charged with a crime.

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Hymond had recorded the arrest of Craig and Craig’s 15-year-old daughter before she, too, was arrested.

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The footage from Martin’s body camera complements the recording of the arrest taken by Hymond. The newly released footage shows that Martin kicked the handcuffed 15-year-old daughter as he was placing her in his police vehicle. It also shows that Martin used excessive force on a handcuffed Brea Hymond to compel her to give him her name.

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Martin’s statement to FWPD’s Internal Affairs unit is included in the police documentation obtained by Merritt. In the statement, Martin said that the neighbor, a white male, admitted to grabbing the boy by his neck.

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Martin, who was only suspended ten days for his behavior, added in the statement that despite the neighbor’s admission, he did not believe Craig’s version of events, saying her “account of ‘choking’ may have been exaggerated.”

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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[Net-Gold] CRIME AND CRIMINALS: ASSAULT : POLICE: MISCONDUCT : POLICE BRUTALITY : UNITED STATES: CITIES: FORT WORTH, TEXAS: Charges Dropped after Video Shows Cop Using Excessive Force in Fort Worth Arrest

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