Fort Worth, Texas, Police Commanders Reassigned in Probe of Leaked Arrest Video of Jacqueline Craig

Footage of an encounter between Fort Worth, Texas, Police Officer William Martin and Jacqueline Craig, who reported that a white man had assaulted her 7-year-old child (Porsha Craver via Facebook)
Footage of an encounter between Fort Worth, Texas, Police Officer William Martin and Jacqueline Craig, who reported that a white man had assaulted her 7-year-old child (Porsha Craver via Facebook)

Two Fort Worth, Texas, police commanders have been temporarily reassigned while investigators probe who leaked police video and other materials in the brutal arrest of Jacqueline Craig and her daughters by Officer William Martin.

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According to CBS News, the Fort Worth Police Department launched an internal investigation after Martin’s body-camera video was leaked and his disciplinary records were released to defense attorneys and other parties.

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The leaked bodycam footage provided a new angle of the moments prior to Craig’s unnecessary arrest, which drew outrage after one of her daughters posted cellphone footage to Facebook, showing William escalate the encounter as he drags Craig to the ground before arresting her and her two daughters.

The entire incident started because Craig was seeking help after a neighbor reportedly assaulted her young son over littering. The charges against Craig were later dropped.

Martin received a slap on the wrist (that’s putting it lightly) and was suspended without pay for 10 days. He was not fired following an internal investigation.

Read more at CBS News.

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GirlwithNoName64
GirlwithNoName64

This is why they can miss me with that “most cops are good” BS. If any cops actually attempt to try to shed light on or speak against corruption, they are hit MUCH harder than any cop who has actually engaged in wrongdoing, up to and including murder. Until the policies and incentives seriously change—and the police unions lose their stranglehold on legislators— anyone who is in that system, regardless of whether they personally might not prefer that people of color are systemically harassed and brutalized, is a part of the problem b/c they will turn a blind eye or conspire to conceal.