A white police officer arrested a black woman and her two daughters Dec. 21 after the woman called the cops on her white neighbor, who allegedly grabbed and choked her 7-year-old son for littering in Fort Worth, Texas (video below).
In the video, filmed on Facebook Live by Porsha Craver, the mom, Jacqueline Craig, tells the officer that the neighbor does not have the right to grab her son whether he littered or not, notes Heavy.com.
The cop appears to assume the boy is guilty of littering by asking Craig: "Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?"
Craig responds: "He can’t prove to me that my son littered, but it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t, it doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him."
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The officer asks Craig why the neighbor doesn't have a right to put his hands on her son, which could be a crime.
Craig repeatedly informs the cop that the neighbor is not supposed to put his hands on her son. She also tells the officer that he doesn't know what she teaches her children.
After asking Craig accusatory questions, the officer asks why she is yelling at him, and she tells him it's because he pissed her off.
"If you keep yelling at me you’re going to piss me off, I’m going to take you to jail," the officer tells Craig.
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At that point, Craig's 19-year-old daughter, Brea Hymond, steps in between Craig and the officer in an effort to calm the situation.
However, the situation spirals out of control as the officer grabs Craig, forces her down on the pavement and handcuffs her.
During the arrest, the officer takes out his stun gun and points it at bystanders. Moments later, the cop arrests and handcuffs Hymond.
A second, juvenile daughter of Craig was also arrested, but it's not clear if she was charged.
The officer walks toward Craver, threatens her with jail and knocks her cell phone out of her hand. Craver says that he can't arrest them all, and can't take her phone. The officer says that he can take it, but apparently doesn't realize the video is being broadcast live on Facebook.
Craig was charged with resisting arrest (for an unnamed crime) and failure to identify. She was also charged on outstanding warrants for allegedly driving with a suspended license, failing to maintain financial responsibility and speeding.
Hymond was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with public duties.
Lee Merritt, a civil rights lawyer representing Craig and her daughters, tweeted on Dec. 22: "Jacquelin Craig and her two teenage daughters are finally headed home! #thoushallnotlitter."
The Fort Worth Police Department said the officer was placed on "restricted duty status" during its internal affairs investigation.
Merritt noted on Facebook Dec. 22: "officer involved will be given 48 hours to prepare a statement and consult an attorney."
The police department also called for time to investigate the incident (which has caused outrage on social media):
We acknowledge that the initial appearance of the video may raise serious questions. We ask that our investigators are given the time and opportunity to [thoroughly] examine this incident and to submit their findings.
This process may take time, but the integrity of the investigation rests upon the ability of the investigators to document facts and to accurately evaluate the size and scope of what transpired. We ask our community for patience and calm during this investigation process.
Despite not releasing the officer's name or the cop's body camera video, the police department said that it "enjoys a close and cooperative relationship with our citizens; one of transparency, mutual trust and respect. The Fort Worth Police Department expects every officer to treat persons they encounter with that same trust, respect and courtesy."