Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald says Officer’s Rough Treatment of Black Mother and Her Two Daughters Was ‘Shocking, Rude and Unacceptable’ but Not ‘Racist’


Fort Worth officials said Friday at a news conference that the behavior of a white officer who was captured on video wrestling a black woman to the ground before detaining her and her two daughters was shocking, rude and unacceptable — but not representative of the department.

“I was disappointed with the video,” police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said. “I was disappointed with some of the things I’ve heard and saw. We have been very, very forward and honest about the way we handle things here, and this is not the way we do things.”

The video in question shows an officer, whose name has yet to be released, get into an argument with Jacqueline Craig, who had called police Wednesday to report that her neighbor choked her 7-year-old son to get him to pick up trash.

The officer tells Craig she should teach her son not to litter. The argument escalates, and the officer pulls out a stun gun and puts her to the ground to arrest her.

By the end of the video, Craig and two of her daughters, ages 15 and 19, are detained by the officer. They were all released by Thursday afternoon.

About 150 protesters joined together at the Tarrant County Courthouse on Thursday evening as the video steadily spread over Facebook, reaching nearly 3 million people.

Though interactions between community members and police can be tense, Fort Worth needs officers “who are professional and can de-escalate a situation,” Rep. Marc Veasey said at the news conference.

“It appeared to me that the officer escalated the situation and was being rude and condescending,” he said. “We just can’t have that. That’s unnecessary.”

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Source: Dallas Morning News | Caleb Downs