Saturday, December 24, 2016

Ft Worth police acting badly.

via Dallas Observer
While making the arrest, the officer put a stun gun to Craig's back, who is now, along with Hymond, in Mansfield's jail, facing charges of resisting arrest and failing to identify herself to a police officer.
Everything else has a long way to go before being resolved. In the profanity-laced video, posted to Facebook by Porsha Craver, Craig's niece, Craig tells the officer that a man choked her son after the son refused to pick up a piece of paper. When she asks the officer what gave the man the right to touch her son, the officer asks her, "Why didn't you teach your son not to litter?" Craig says that, whether or not her son littered, her neighbor, who is white, doesn't have the right to put his hands on her son. The officer replies, "Why not?"
Understandably, this upsets Craig, who grows more confrontational with the officer, who's also white.
"You don't know what I teach him," she said. "Whatever you teach your kids don't mean they go by your rules when they're not in your sight."
After Craig tells the officer she's pissed off, he responds that "If you keep yelling at me, you're going to piss me off."
Craig's daughter Hymond then tries to get between Craig and the officer, while bystanders repeatedly call the cop a bitch and tell him they are filming everything he does.
This story has been circling for days and I've held off posting about it trying to wait for the response from the Chief.  We got it here via Dallas Morning News.
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 Chief is black.  And wrong.  But I guess racism is in the eye of the beholder and this guy has blinders on.  If that had happened to a person of a different color I bet the outrage would be zooming around the internet.

But it didn't and we have what we have.

You can find the video of the incident all over the internet (which is why I didn't bother to post it).  Its gone viral.  What I can't wait to hear are the police defenders.  How do you defend this? One thing I've read from them is that the lady should have shut up.  Really?  Fucking seriously?  This guy is blowing off a call of a juvenile being assaulted by an adult and you don't expect the parent to be upset?  What happened to verbal judo and de-escalation techniques?

Anyway defenders, hit me with your best shot.  Justify this.

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