Fort Worth, Texas police officer caught on video assaulting mother and child

Lori Brown reports.
By: Staff
POSTED:DEC 22 2016 08:05AM CST
UPDATED:DEC 22 2016 12:21PM CST
FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth police are investigating how an officer handled the arrest of a mother and her two daughters after they called him for help.

The video was posted on Facebook Wednesday evening and has already been viewed by hundreds of thousands of times. It shows a woman named Jacqueline Craig explaining to an officer that she called police because her neighbor had tried to choke her young son for littering.
“My son is 7 years old. You don’t have the right to grab him, choke him for no paper that he threw. What you should have done, because we have been living here for years so you know my house is a door in between yours’. So you could have came to me. You don’t put your hands on my son,” Craig tells the officer.
“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” the officer replies.

“He can’t prove to me that my son littered. But it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t. He didn’t have to put his hands on him,” Craig says.

“Why not?” the officer asks.

The confrontation escalates. Craig gets upset about the officer questioning her ability to raise her children and the officer threatens to arrest her for yelling at him.

Craig’s daughter steps between them to push her mother away and that’s when the officer pulls out his stun gun, takes Craig to the ground and handcuffs her.

“Don’t move. Don’t move,” she yells at her children.
She and others can also be heard cursing at the officer and warning him that the arrest is being recorded.

Police records show the 46-year-old mother and her two teenage daughters were arrested. But the officer never took the initial police report about choking incident and the man who allegedly assaulted Craig’s son was not arrested.

Craig apparently had outstanding warrants for traffic violations in Irving, She is still being held at the Mansfield jail for those charges, as well as charges of resisting arrest and failing to identify as a fugitive. Her bond was set at $5,901.90.

Her 19-year-old daughter, Brea Hymond, is also still in jail for resisting arrest and interfering with public duties. The third person arrested is a juvenile. She was released with misdemeanor charges.

“First we would like to see the official report regarding the initial assault. Obviously, we want to see that officer removed from the force, fired and prosecuted. We want to see the original person tried and prosecuted,” said Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family.

The Fort Worth Police Department said it is aware of the video circulating on social media and its internal affairs department is conducting an investigation. The officer in the video has not yet been identified.

The Next Generation Action Network plans to hold a rally at the old Tarrant County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. to address concerns about the video.

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