Watch: Why Was Jacqueline Craig Violently Arrested After Telling a Cop a White Man Choked Her Son?

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Watch: Why Was Jacqueline Craig Violently Arrested After Telling a Cop a White Man Choked Her Son?

The graphic video begins with the cop disrespecting the mother.

Published December 22, 2016

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.”

 “Why not?”

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. 

  1. Warning: the video below contains graphic language

    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. 

  2. After the video was posted, many could not believe how heinous the officer's actions appeared
  3. Lee Merritt, attorney for Jacqueline Craig and Brea Hymond, posted an update from Fort Worth Jail
  4. Merritt also recorded a Facebook live video from inside the holding facility
  5. As Jacqueline and Brea remain detained, people have demanded their immediate release from Fort Worth Jail

    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. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)


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