Last month, a Facebook Live clip of the harsh arrest of a Fort Worth mother and her 15-year-old daughter went viral. Now, attorneys representing the mother have released bodycam footage obtained from the police officer at the center of the scandal.
The incident began when Jacqueline Craig called police to report that a neighbor had laid hands on her 7-year-old son for allegedly throwing trash in his yard. When Officer William Martin arrived on the scene, though, he sided with the neighbor.
“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” he asks Craig. She fires back that nobody can prove her son actually littered, and even if he did, that does not give her neighbor the right to physically assault him.
“Why not?” Martin replies. That’s when Craig begins to grow angry – and when Martin threatens to arrest her for yelling at him. Sure enough, Martin wrestles her to the ground moments later and places her under arrest. Her teenage daughter is also detained for interfering.
Authorities announced this week that no members of the Craig family will face charges in relation to the incident, but neither will Martin. He was punished with a 10-day suspension – which he is appealing – and was found to have violated department policies related to using excessive force, being discourteous to the public, and failing to thoroughly investigate.
The neighbor accused of grabbing Craig’s son, Itamar Vardi, faces a misdemeanor assault charge.