No charges will be filed against Jacqueline Craig, her daughters, or the officer who arrested the trio back in December, According to Dallas News.
Jacqueline Craig and her 19-year-old daughter Brea Hymond faced charges of resisting arrest, interference with a "peace" officer and failure to provide identification. The other daughter was not charged with an offense.
The announcement comes one day after law enforcement released body cam footage of the incident. Even though the footage shows what could be considered excessive force and Officer William Martin's history of using such force, no one will face any punishment.
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the decision to not file any charges was something he felt was right. “This decision didn’t happen in a vacuum,” he told WFAA-TV. “My decision to pull back these charges was something that I thought was right, something that we owed the community and the Craig family in particular.”
Check out the body cam footage of what went down below.
A woman who was brutally arrested by a Fort Worth, Texas, police officer was apparently attacked out of “rudeness” and not “racism.”
That’s what Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and other city officials are saying after video surfaced of Jacqueline Craig and her family being violently handcuffed and arrested after they called police about the alleged abuse of their 7-year-old son by a neighbor.
“I can’t call it racism but I noticed in the video that the officer was rude,” said Fitzgerald, who is Black. “There’s a difference between rude and racism.” Fitzgerald said the footage disturbed him, however little has been done in the way of punishment.
Craig’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt, claims every procedure during his client’s arrest was “done incorrectly” and says the Fort Worth PD as well as other police departments around America have a history of “discriminatory behavior.”
“We don’t see this kind of action taken against citizens who are not Black or who aren’t brown,” he said. Video of the confrontation has been viewed more than 2.5 million times. Fort Worth’s mayor, Betsy Price, added that the incident is being handled but disagreed that it’s a widespread problem within her city’s police department.
“This is an isolated incident in Fort Worth and we are taking it very seriously,” she said. Attorneys for the unidentified officer say the now-viral video doesn’t show the full interaction between Craig’s family and the officer. He also says that “a different account of the events” will come to light once all the “facts” and “evidence” is collected.
Watch a CBS11's video package about the Fort Worth incident and the police chief’s response below.
(Photo: Joyce Marshall/Star-Telegram via AP)