Black community leaders push for justice following violent arrest of black mother
- Clergy and activists called on Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald to fire an officer involved in the violent arrest of Jacqueline Craig, a mother who had called for assistance after a neighbor reportedly choked her son for littering, and her two daughters.
- The recording of the incident shows the officer asking Craig why she hadn’t taught her son not to litter and why the neighbor didn’t have the right to choke the boy, which led to Craig’s daughter attempting to draw her mother away from the situation and Craig herself being arrested despite having committed no crime.
- In a press conference, Fitzgerald interpreted the video of the incident as indicating “rude” but not racist behavior, sparking outrage as community members fear improper handling of the investigation.
Source: Fox 4 News Fort Worth YouTube
“Mother calls Fort Worth police for help, gets arrested after ugly confrontation” (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“Black leaders pressure Fort Worth officials for swift firing of officer in viral video” (The Dallas Morning News)
“White Texas Cop’s Arrest of Three Black Women Appears Racist: Lawyer” (NBC News)
“NGAN Calls for Action Against Officer, Neighbor in Viral Video” (NBC 5 Fort Worth)