Twenty people armed with guns were taken into custody while patrolling outside the home of a mother who says she no longer feels safe after she was brutally arrested last month.
Police in Fort Worth, Texas, detained the large group of people after they were called to the home of Jacqueline Craig on Saturday. Police also took the guns away from the group.
The group did not point the guns at anyone or at officers, KXAS reports.
Craig made headlines last month after she was slammed to the ground and arrested by a white cop after she had called police to report a neighbor who had alleged put her seven-year-old son in a choke-hold.
The neighbor claimed Craig’s son threw a piece of paper on the ground, and when officer William Martin was speaking to the upset mother, he questioned why she did not teach her son not to litter.
Seconds later, the video showed the cop had wrestled Craig to the ground and had a taser in her back. He then lifted the taser and began pointing it at the downed mom’s children.
The video then showed him charge at Craig’s 19-year-old daughter, Hymond, and tackle her to the ground as well.
Speaking on Sunday, a lawyer representing the Craig said Saturday’s patrol took place because the family does not feel protected by police anymore, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The group who were on guard around the home stepped forward to help Craig and her children, Lee Merritt said.
‘They felt it was their responsibility to come up and show their support,’ the attorney said.
It comes after the cop who was caught on camera was suspended for 10 days over the incident.
The Craig family had asked for Martin to be fired, and their lawyer accused him of racism – because the neighbor they complained about it white.
Fort Worth police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said earlier this month once Martin’s punishment is finished he will return to the same neighborhood.
‘He’s ready to get back to work, he’s very sorry for what transpired,’ Fitzgerald said at a press conference on January 9.
SOURCE: Daily Mail