When Jacqueline Craig heard that an unknown man put his hands on her 7-year-old son, she did what any parent would do and informed authorities. However, when a Fort Worth, Texas, police officer arrived, it became clear that the situation would not work in Jacqueline's favor.
After a brief back and forth, the responding officer ended up assaulting Jacqueline as well as her 15-year-old daughter, Brea Hymond.
“My daughter and son came home, saying that this man grabbed him and choked him,” Jacqueline said on the video. “I came around here and asked him. I said, ‘Why did you put your hands on my son?’ He said, ‘Oh, he threw some paper and I told him to pick it up.’ He said he defied him and that’s why he did it … you don’t have the right to choke somebody’s son. My son is 7 years old, you don’t have the right to grab him and choke him.”
“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” the officer callously said in response to Jacqueline.
“He can’t prove to me that he did or didn’t, but it doesn’t matter,” Craig says. “That doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him.”
The officer’s dismissive tone immediately made Jacqueline upset, which is when Brea stepped in to keep distance between the officer and her mother. What followed, was nothing less than a brutal attack.
Both Jacqueline and Brea were arrested and taken to Fort Worth Jail. Meanwhile, Jacqueline's daughter, who was recording the incident, shared the video to Facebook live.
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald told The Root that he was aware of Jacqueline Craig and Brea Hymond arrests, and that the department would most likely issue a statement later this afternoon.
The identity of the participating officer has not yet been released.
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