A Fort Worth police officer has been placed on restricted duty after he was seen on a viral Facebook video arresting a woman and her teenage daughter who said they had called for help, department officials said Thursday.
The video posted on Porsha Craver’s Facebook account Wednesday night shows the incident she says happened near Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary in southwest Fort Worth.
The video begins with a woman, identified as Jacqueline Craig, telling the officer that her 7-year-old son was grabbed and choked by a man for littering and “defying him” when he told the child to pick the paper up.
The officer responded, “Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?”
Craig then replied, “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.”
To which, the officer responded, “Why not?”
The video showed the incident escalate into a physical struggle between Craig, the officer and a 15-year-old girl in a pink tank top.
Footage showed Craig and the 15-year-old being handcuffed amid shouting and cursing from bystanders.
Eventually the officer arrests Brea Hymond, who was shooting the video on a cell phone camera.
Lee Merritt, the attorney for the women, questions why his clients were arrested while the man accused of choking a child was not.
“The idea that this complaint has gone uninvestigated is a civil rights violation of my clients, it’s irresponsible for the city of Fort Worth,” said Merritt.
Merritt says he and his clients are asking for four things — all charges leveled against his clients after the incident dismissed, the person responsible for touching Craig’s child arrested and charged, the officer fired and the officer prosecuted.
Both women had been released from custody by Thursday afternoon.
“I’m very distraught, because what I felt I was doing was actually protecting my child and it didn’t happen,” said Jacqueline Craig said Thursday evening after her release from jail. “It made me feel less of parent because I couldn’t protect him when he needed it.”