Posted: 3:19 pm Friday, December 23rd, 2016
By Jasmine E Hankins
What started as a dispute over littering rapidly turned into the arrest of a black woman and her two daughters Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas. The incident was caught on video and has sparked an internal affairs inquiry into the white police officer who forcefully arrested the women.
The events began to unfolded in southwest Fort Worth, when Jacqueline Craig called police to tell that a man choked her 7-year-old son after accusing him of littering. But when an officer responded to the call, the two engaged in a heated argument as bystanders, including Craig’s relatives, looked on.
The dialogue in the video goes as follows…
“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” the officer asks.
“He can’t prove to me that my son littered,” Craig says. “But it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t. It doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him.”
From there, the situation rapidly deteriorates, as Craig soon tells the officer, “You just pissed me off, telling me what I teach my kids and what I don’t.”
“If you keep yelling at me, you’re going to piss me off, I’m going to take you to jail,” he tells Craig.
At that, a young woman, identified as one of Craig’s daughters, tries to step between the two, putting her hands on her mother’s arms — but the officer grapples with the younger woman and shoves her out of the way, prompting bystanders to shout, “Don’t grab her!”
An instant later, Craig is on the ground, with the officer pointing his Taser at her back. He then waves the weapon at the crowd of bystanders, as the scene turns chaotic. On the video’s timeline, only about 2 minutes has elapsed.
The officer handcuffs Craig and leaves her on the pavement; he then walks to her daughter who’s sitting in the street, forces her face-down on the concrete, and handcuffs her as well.
With bystanders yelling and shouting at the officer, he gets both women on their feet and walks them to his marked vehicle.
“Everything you just did is on Live,” a woman filming the events shouts at the police officer, referring to her live video stream.
After the officer gets the women in the car, he then turns his attention to the woman filming the video.
“OK, you’re going to jail too,” he tells her, as they struggle over her phone.
That’s where the footage of the arrest ends; Craver posted the video then turns to the camera and says, “So, I just wanted y’all to see how the Fort Worth Police Department just treated my family, after calling them to help them for a racist man putting his hands on a 7-year-old, my 7-year-old little cousin who couldn’t defend himself.”
She says the police department “clearly isn’t here for us.”
Of the officer, she says, “He deserves to lose his job, and that is our goal.”
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