Mom settles Texas arrest lawsuit captured on video

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Peter Kavinsky

A Texas city settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a black mother after she and her daughter were thrown to the ground and arrested by a white police officer after an altercation with a neighbor.

Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were thrown to the ground and had a stun gun pointed at them by Fort Worth officer William Martin in December 2016. Another of Craig’s daughters, who filmed the incident on her cell phone, was also arrested.

The charges against all three were later dropped. Martin served a 10-day suspension for violating departmental policies.

The city has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $150,000, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The agreement is pending approval by the City Council.

As part of the deal, the city admits no further flaws and there are no other requirements, a Fort Worth spokesperson said.

Craig claimed the neighbor grabbed and suffocated his son after seeing him throw garbage. Craig and the neighbor called the police.

The video of the arrests, which was posted on Facebook and viewed more than a million times, raised accusations of racism.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens told the paper she was happy the lawsuit was resolved.

“That put a lot of weight on her. This has put a lot of weight on the city and I hope the deal is enough for everyone to feel refreshed and ready to move on,” Bivens said.

A Texas city settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a black mother after she and her daughter were thrown to the ground and arrested by a white police officer after an altercation with a neighbor.

Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were thrown to the ground and had a stun gun pointed at them by Fort Worth officer William Martin in December 2016. Another of Craig’s daughters, who filmed the incident on her cell phone, was also arrested.

The charges against all three were later dropped. Martin served a 10-day suspension for violating departmental policies.

The city has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $150,000, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The agreement is pending approval by the City Council.

As part of the deal, the city admits no further flaws and there are no other requirements, a Fort Worth spokesperson said.

Craig claimed the neighbor grabbed and suffocated his son after seeing him throw garbage. Craig and the neighbor called the police.

The video of the arrests, which was posted on Facebook and viewed more than a million times, raised accusations of racism.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens told the paper she was happy the lawsuit was resolved.

“That put a lot of weight on her. This has put a lot of weight on the city and I hope the deal is enough for everyone to feel refreshed and ready to move on,” Bivens said.

A Texas city settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a black mother after she and her daughter were thrown to the ground and arrested by a white police officer after an altercation with a neighbor.

Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were thrown to the ground and had a stun gun pointed at them by Fort Worth officer William Martin in December 2016. Another of Craig’s daughters, who filmed the incident on her cell phone, was also arrested.

The charges against all three were later dropped. Martin served a 10-day suspension for violating departmental policies.

The city has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $150,000, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The agreement is pending approval by the City Council.

As part of the deal, the city admits no further flaws and there are no other requirements, a Fort Worth spokesperson said.

Craig claimed the neighbor grabbed and suffocated his son after seeing him throw garbage. Craig and the neighbor called the police.

The video of the arrests, which was posted on Facebook and viewed more than a million times, raised accusations of racism.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens told the paper she was happy the lawsuit was resolved.

“That put a lot of weight on her. This has put a lot of weight on the city and I hope the deal is enough for everyone to feel refreshed and ready to move on,” Bivens said.

A Texas city settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a black mother after she and her daughter were thrown to the ground and arrested by a white police officer after an altercation with a neighbor.

Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were thrown to the ground and had a stun gun pointed at them by Fort Worth officer William Martin in December 2016. Another of Craig’s daughters, who filmed the incident on her cell phone, was also arrested.

The charges against all three were later dropped. Martin served a 10-day suspension for violating departmental policies.

The city has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $150,000, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The agreement is pending approval by the City Council.

As part of the deal, the city admits no further flaws and there are no other requirements, a Fort Worth spokesperson said.

Craig claimed the neighbor grabbed and suffocated his son after seeing him throw garbage. Craig and the neighbor called the police.

The video of the arrests, which was posted on Facebook and viewed more than a million times, raised accusations of racism.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens told the paper she was happy the lawsuit was resolved.

“That put a lot of weight on her. This has put a lot of weight on the city and I hope the deal is enough for everyone to feel refreshed and ready to move on,” Bivens said.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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