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Jacqueline Craig: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A video showing the arrest of a woman and her daughter in Fort Worth, Texas, has sparked outrage on social media. (Facebook/Porsha Craver)

Video showing the arrest of a woman and her daughters in Fort Worth, Texas, has sparked outrage on social media, with many people saying the officer was out of line.

The five-minute video was posted Wednesday night by the woman’s niece, Porsha Craver.

In the video, a woman, identified as Jacqueline Craig, can be heard telling an officer that she called police because a neighbor had assaulted her son.

Craig, 46, tells the officer the man had accused her son of littering, and then choked him after her son did not listen to him. As the officer and the woman talk, things quickly grow heated and the officer eventually arrests her and her 19-year-old daughter, Brea Hymond. Another daughter, a juvenile, was also arrested.

“The officer physically, violently, and brutally escalated the situation,” Craig’s attorney, Lee Merritt, told WFAA-TV. “At that point the man should have been placed under arrest but instead the mother was questioned. She was questioned about why she did not teach her son not to litter.”

Merritt said he wants four things to happen: he wants the charges against Craig and her daughters dropped; the officer to be fired and prosecuted; and for the man accused of choking Craig’s son to also be prosecuted.

Body camera footage from the arrest was leaked online in January. You can watch the video below:

Officer William Martin was suspended for 10 days as a result of the incident, and is appealing. Read more about Martin here.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Officer Tells Craig to ‘Teach Your Son Not to Litter’ After She Says the Boy Was Choked by Their Neighbor

According to Porsha Craver, who posted the video, which you can watch above, the incident occurred on the southwest side of Fort Worth. The video begins after a police officer, who is white, responded to the call. Only one officer is seen in the video.

You can watch the full 29-minute video, showing moments before the officer arrived and additional footage of what happened during the arrest below:

The incident occurred sometime Wednesday afternoon, and the video was posted at 8 p.m.

The video begins with the officer speaking with a white man who has been identified by the family as a the neighbor they say assaulted Jackie Craig’s young son for littering.

The officer then walks over to Jackie Craig and asks her “what’s going on with you?” She tells the officer the man “grabbed and choked” her son. She tells the officer the man grabbed the boy because he “defied” him. She says the man should have come to her instead of “putting your hands on my son.”

The officer then tells Craig, “why don’t you teach your son not to litter?”

She responds, “He can’t prove to me that my son littered, but it doesn’t matter if he did or didn’t, it doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him.”

The officer then says, “why not?” As the conversation gets more heated, the officer asks Craig why she is yelling, and she says because he “pissed her off.”

He then tells her, “if you keep yelling at me you’re going to piss me off and I’m going to take you to jail.”

Craig’s daughter then walks toward her mother and the officer, appearing to try to calm her mother down, and the officer grabs her from behind. Craig then yells at the officer not to grab her, and the scene turns chaotic.

The video then cuts to Craig on the ground with the officer kneeling in her back, his Taser in his hand. He points the Taser at a young girl, and then also at Craig’s daughter, who scrambles away as the officer handcuffs Craig. He then goes and handcuffs Craig’s daughter, before taking them both to his SUV.

He then turns his attention to the woman recording the incident, and runs at her, knocking the camera out of her hand and telling her, “you’re going to jail too.”

There are no records that the man Craig claims assaulted her son was arrested.

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2. Craig & Her Daughters Were Released From Custody Thursday & Face Charges Including Resisting Arrest

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Jacqueline “Jackie” Craig was arrested by the Fort Worth Police Department in an incident that has gone viral after it was caught on video. (Facebook)

Jackie Craig and her daughter, Brea Hymond, remained in police custody Thursday morning, their family told New York Daily News columnist Shaun King, who was the first to report on the incident.

After several hours in custody, they were released Thursday afternoon, their attorney said.

Craig was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and failure to identify, according to court records. She was also arrested on warrants from the Irving Police Department for traffic charges, including driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain financial responsibility and speeding. She was being held on a total of $5,901.90 bail.

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(Mansfield City Jail)

Craig’s daughter, Brea Hymond, 19, was charged with resisting arrest and interfering with public duties. She was being held on $3,500 bail.

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(Mansfield City Jail)

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney with the Dallas-based Merritt & Crockett Law Offices, said on Facebook he was going to see Craig and Hymond at the Fort Worth City Jail. They were later taken to a jail in Mansfield, according to Merritt. He posted a video early Thursday morning saying he is representing them as his clients.

Merritt said the Fort Worth Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the “unusual arrest,” of the women.

He posted an update early Thursday morning, saying Craig and Hymond were in “good spirits given the situation” and he was attempting to secure their release.

“We are attempting to secure that now. The ladies participated in an internal affairs investigation that’s ongoing,” Merritt said. “They were interviewed, with me present, and now we’re just simply waiting to hear about their release.”

“The ladies appreciate all the support they’re receiving,” Merritt said in the video. “I’ve shared with them your support, your prayers, your presence even for the people who have come and made their physical presence known and plan to protest, and all of it is appreciated and we will go about the business of seeking justice here.”

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3. The Unidentified Officer Has Been Placed on ‘Restricted Duty Status’ While an Internal Affairs Investigation Is Conducted

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The officer seen in the video has not been identified. (Facebook/Porsha Craver)

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, the Fort Worth Police Department said the officer seen in the video, who has not been identified, has been placed on “restricted duty status” while an internal affairs investigation is conducted.

The police department said they were alerted to the video about 10 p.m., and the Internal Affairs Unit “began to immediately review the video and subsequently initiated an internal affairs investigation.”

The investigators also reviewed video recorded the officer’s body worn camera. It was active during the incident, but the footage has not been released.

“We acknowledge that the initial appearance of the video may raise serious questions,” the department said in the statement. “We ask that our investigators are given the time and opportunity to throughly examine this incident and to submit their findings. This process may take time, but the integrity of the investigation rests upon the ability of the investigators to document facts and to accurately evaluate the size and scope of what transpired. We ask our community for patience and calm during this investigation process.”

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4. Her Family Says Their Goal Is to Get the Officer Fired for His Actions

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(Facebook/Porsha Craver)

Porsha Craver, Craig’s niece, who posted the video, addressed the viewer at the end, saying they want the video seen by as many people as possible.

“I just want you all to see how the Fort Worth Police Department treated my family after calling them for a racist man putting his hands on a 7-year-old, my 7-year-old little cousin, who couldn’t defend himself. When they called Fort Worth Police, this is what we got,” Craver said. “These motherf*cking racist-a*s officers, who clearly are not here for us. Racist b*tches. … We want everybody to see this s*it, how Fort Worth Police Department is here to treat people, and what this racist a*s police did. He deserves to lose his job and this is our goal.”

Craver did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Heavy.

Neither the city’s mayor, Betsy Price, nor its police chief, Joel Fitzgerald, have commented about the video.

Attorney Lee Merritt said the man originally reported to the police was not arrested.

“(The) officer involved will be given 48 hours to prepare a statement and consult an attorney. Under IA investigation,” Craig’s attorney, Merritt, said in a Facebook post. “The FWPD never took original report of assault on (Jacqueline) Craig’s son. After bond is posted completing this report will be our 1st step.”

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5. A Protest Is Planned for Thursday in Fort Worth

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(Facebook)

The Dallas-based Next Generation Action Network is planning a protest Thursday night, its president, Dominique Alexander, said on Facebook. Alexander called it a “horrifying incident.”

The “We Demand Justice for Brea Hymond & Jacqueline Craig” protest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the old Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 East Weatherford Street, in Fort Worth.

A group of activists gathered at the police department Wednesday night to demand the release of Jackie Craig and her daughter, Brea Hymond:

The video of the arrest quickly spread on social media. It was viewed more than 130,000 times on Facebook in the four hours after it was posted.

Members of the Fort Worth community went to the police department’s Facebook to express their outrage.

“I believe better de-escalation techniques need to be taught to your officers as evidenced by that terrible video. Asking the Mother why she didn’t teach her son not to litter and stating “why not” in response to a neighbor putting his hands on a child is unacceptable,” Fort Worth resident J.R. Helms wrote. “The real questions should have been why the neighbor did it and how that is acceptable. He escalated the situation with his attitude, petty arguing, and immediate threats for arrest vs. actually listening and helping the situation.”

Another commenter wrote, “Shame on your officer for blatant racist behavior, extremely poor adherence to procedure, man handling a 15 year old girl (with no backup present), and arresting a mother and her daughter for no reason (resisting arrest/resisting a peace officer is bs, and you know it). Shame.”

Hundreds of comments from Fort Worth around the world had been posted on the department’s Facebook page and directed at them on Twitter by early Thursday morning.

“Hi I am writing about a very concerning video I saw today of one of your officers arresting a mother and her daughter. These two people need to already be out of jail, and the officer needs to be immediately fired and his name released,” wrote Tony Tyler. “I am planning on attending a large conference in Fort Worth this spring, but will be contacting the conference leadership to change locations if this is not promptly addressed.”

On Twitter, several celebrities and activists demanded a response from the police department:

In a statement Thursday, the department said it “enjoys a close and cooperative relationship with our citizens; one of transparency, mutual trust and respect. The Fort Worth Police Department expects every officer to treat persons they encounter with that same trust, respect and courtesy.”

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62 comments

  1. Thank you for using my quote. I’m peefectly ok with you identifying me, if you need/want to. Thank you for getting answers to our initial questions reported on so quickly.

  2. White supremacists websites link to race based stories like this one. This swine with a badge will be fired I guarantee it. I hope he and the department get sued civilly as well

    • racist bigots like you arent fooling anyone anymore…you cried wolf too many times…any sane person watching these videos can easily see the truth. props to that cop for keeping his cool in the face of that screeching mob of animals. i would have shot every last one of them.

  3. These violent black animals are their own worst enemy. Anyone who watches this tape has to respect how calm and poised that police officer managed to stay in the face of a screeching, screaming, violent pack of feral animals. There is no way i could be a cop i would have shot them all dead, the whole pack.

    • Do you really think you would’ve gotten away and out of that neighborhood after shooting black people? Do you really think that you would’ve walked away alive after living out your little racist Rambo fantasy? You get to sit there and Be killed by the same people you profess to hate then the next thing you’ll be doing is sucking on Satan’s dick afterwards because you would not make it out of that neighborhood alive. So live out your little racist Rambo fantasy in your head because it’s not going to happen! Get real. I hate when piep,e like you spout off like Black people are not going to sit there and be targets by idiots like you in your mom basement.

  4. My initial instinct was to say, “welcome to Trump’s America;” but that would very stupid of me given that white supremacy predates Trump. Hell, Trump hasn’t even taken office yet.

    In closing, (FOXTROT-UNIFORM-CHARLIE-KILO) most white people. I would be remiss if I didn’t list the white people who can go (FOXTROT-UNIFORM-CHARLIE-KILO) themselves:

    – the Alt-Right.

    – the white jurors, and their ilk, who refused to convict Michael Slager.

    – white conservatives.

    – white liberals (a.k.a. so-called progressives) who only pay lip service when it comes to challenging police brutality.

  5. so much censoring by the liberal/progressives…as usual….you are what orwell warned us about, your soviet union in the ussa.

    • Its sad how some people think they can post racist comments and hide behind a computer.Its so easy to track (so u can understand)your digital fingerprint . You post so much people would be surprise how much information sites will give with a simple phone call. You have to know what to say .

  6. Just listen to the girl recording, they hate the police. They show no respect. I don’t see anything wrong here he didn’t rough anyone up, they don’t respect authority.

  7. The truth of the matter is that NO ONE has rights to put their hands on a child unless it is their own!!! This is “common sense.” Unfortunately, there is NO excuse for “stupidity.”

    I have dealt with FWPD on a couple occasions and was treated very similar to the way Ms. Craig was treated. I have also has an incident that was being investigated by Internal Affairs and must admit I was treated like I was not worthy of my next breath. My mother never spoke to me in a manner in which this lady in Internal Affairs did, not to mention her accusations. 100% unethical, unprofessional conduct of both FWPD & Internal Affairs. Made several calls to the Chief of Police to no avail. I highly recommend an “Etiquette Bootcamp.”

  8. Why are so many comments on this story so racist? I don’t know what’s more shocking. . . the horribly racist cop or the fact that commenters are being racist instead of showing support for this family. I hope the officer is fired, and this family is able to sue the department honestly. I guess it’s not really shocking, if that means it’s unusual, stuff like this happens ever day thank goodness someone recorded it this time.

    • This entire WORLD is racist. That is just real. Do deny it is unrealistic. I mean you wouldn’t want your daughter to bring home a __________ to dinner would you?? LOL
      PS It looks like Jacqueline Craig needs to hook up w/ Jenny Craig. LOL

    • Carolina, we currently live in a world where there is an extremely thin line between good and evil. Some individuals “refuse” to silence / dis-own their personal hatred to acknowledge wrong doing. If they did this, the racist narrative agenda would end. Devaluing individuals is a mindset that racist people will have to learn their way out of.

    • Carolina, it’s a rude awakening call. I had this same call when I was reading about a black Santa Claus (the most kind man you could ever meet) getting death threats from ignorant white supremacists. I just could not understand it, and I just could not believe it, it almost drove me nuts. Then came the calm hand of acceptance. We live in an evil world, evil beyond what anyone can imagine. I mean, less than a century ago we were gathering the Jewish population and committing mass genocide in the Holocaust. We’ve gotten better but not nearly acceptable yet. Let’s keep fighting.

  9. We might get to see this dysfunctional family on LIVE-PD! Of course they will need to sensor the filthy mouth of the baboon filming.

  10. You racists supporting this white ape are all hypocrites if the shoe was on the other foot you would be screaming foul too

  11. What a combination…stupid white redneck cop meets black ghetto trash family, and they all end up rolling around on the ground yelling profanities at each other. Put all these dimtards in jail and let the judge sort them out. Geezus!

  12. When there is a warrant issued on a citizen, it is the duty of the police to arrest that individual once the warrant is known. Ms. Craig had arrest warrants in Irving, for driving on a suspended license, speeding and failure to maintain financial responsibility. There was also a “commitment order”, meaning that she was to be arrested and held. Ms. Craig resisted arrest, so she received a new charge for the resisting. When her 19 year old daughter stepped in, she was charged with “interfering with police/public duties” and resisting arrest. Both charges, in both cases, are valid. These women weren’t arrested for “calling the police”, or for “being black”. The mother was arrested for outstanding warrants and for resisting the arrest, and the daughter was arrested for interfering. The cop’s response to the mother’s complaint about the man ‘mishandling’ her 7 year old child did leave something to be desired, and the cop does need to learn some kind of ‘people skills’… but that doesn’t change the fact that the women were also wrong, and that there was a valid warrant for arrest which the officer carried out when he made the arrest. This woman is LUCKY to have been released ON THOSE WARRANTS so quickly. My quick head-math shows that she had over $1900 worth of “warrant charges”, yet she was out in 24 hours. She ought to just pipe down and realize that she got a break. Had she been randomly stopped with those warrants, without all the hoo-haw and publicity, she would still be in jail… probably over Christmas.

    • Very solid argument. But way too intelligent for most of the general public as well…we just want to make victims of criminals and criminalize the law…..why not? ‘Merika f ya…..

    • Thank you. Someone here with some sense. As for the “choking my son” statement I believe it was bs because she only brought it up after the painter called her son out for being a delinquent. Otherwise she would’ve said something as soon as the cop walked up but no she kept her distance cause she knew she had warrants.

    • Thank you for bringing some sanity to this debacle. I can’t believe someone with a warrant would call the police, well maybe I can. I was towing a trailer on a section of freeway that was undergoing a resurfacing (tar and pea gravel) so they only had one lane open with a 30mph speed limit to keep the pea gravel from doing damage while the tar hardened. Some idiot doing 70 come up on me and started to flash his lights like he wanted me to pull over so he could pass, I ignored him, after awhile he backed off and left the freeway. Twenty minutes later a Highway patrol pulled me over and ask why I was throwing rocks at cars! It seems the idiot caught a rock in his windshield from following too close! I explained to the officer, while handing my drivers license and concealed carry permit, the officer returned later and ask that I leave, they were going to arrest the idiot who had pulled up behind the officer, seems he had an arrest warrant outstanding. The officer was having a hard time keeping a straight face…. I wasn’t restrained, LMAO as I left.

  13. Two key points: QUOTE: “Craig was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and failure to identify, according to court records. ”

    QUOTE: “She was also arrested on warrants from the Irving Police Department for traffic charges, including driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain financial responsibility and speeding. She was being held on a total of $5,901.90 bail.”

    She was not arrested for being black. She was arrested for failing to take care of the charges out of Irving, which resulted in a warrant for her arrest. She compounded it by resisting the officer. The officer was certainly rude and the alleged assault on the 7 year old should have been handled better, but if a cop discovers that someone has warrants out, he has a duty to arrest and take the person into custody. The 19 year old should NOT have interfered, which is why she was also arrested.

    • And how do you explain the cop (not officer… dirty cop) responding to her like he did, “Why don’t you teach your kid not to litter?” or when stated that the white dude didn’t have the right to put his hands on a 7 year-old, then the cop asks her “Why not?” <- Does her misdemeanor (not even criminal) record warrant that kind of treatment? If your answer is yes then please don't respond.

      • I’m willing to be the “choking my son” statement was either bs or exaggerated. Ever heard the story the boy who cried wolf. You can see the painter give her an eat crap look and the cop knew her name. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had crossed paths before so to play internet lawyer is rediculous.

  14. THE BLACK WOMAN HAS BROKEN THE LAW MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. LOOK AT HER RECORD. SHE SHOULD BE JAILED. SHE COMES ACROSS AS A BLACK, WELFARE BIGOT FULL OF BLACK SPOILED BRAT ENTITLEMENT. HER GUTTER, LOW-CLASS LANGUAGE SHOWS IMMEDIATELY SHOW SHE IS. HER GIRLS TALK JUST LIKE THEIR MOTHER. HER SEVEN-YEAR-OLD SON SOUNDS LIKE HE GOT HIS TRAINING FROM HIS MOM AND IS ALSO DEFIANTLY BREAKING THE LAW. THE OFFICER SHOULD BE RELEASED. HE DID HIS JOB CORRECTLY.

  15. What in the world does he mean by asking the mother why it’s not okay for someone to choke her son?! This cop needs to be fired.

  16. I do not appreciate the white man choking a seven year old. We learn at home at the she of five years old keep your hands to your self. In the words of Judge Judy you have no right to put your hands on anyone especially over some paper that has been thrown on the ground that is so petty. And all the other stuff that had to do with his mom has nothing to do with this situation grown people need to stay in grown people’s place and not act like a child and the office that he needs to be fired because he does not know how to do his job that’s my story and I’m sticking to it

  17. I do not appreciate the white man choking a seven year old. We learn at home at the age of five years old to keep your hands to your self. In the words of Judge Judy you have no right to put your hands on anyone !! especially over some paper that has been thrown on the ground that is so petty. And all the other stuff that had to do with his mom has nothing to do with this situation grown people need to stay in grown people’s place and not act like a child and the office he needs to be fired because he does not know how to do his job !!! that’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

  18. just another case of wild, unruly, ignorant blacks acting like baboons screaming and hollering. If she had taught her son not to litter then this would not have happened. Then if she would have taught her son to respect elders and to have manners and be compliant then none of this owuld have matter. They should have choked his brains out and beat his undisciplined mother unconscious and beat her daughters when they jumped in.

  19. Maybe if the mom didn’t have multiple warrants she could have filed a police report against the neighbor that supposedly choked her son with no Witnesses

  20. The guy can’t prove he littered, the animals can’t prove he choked or put his hands on anyone. The little girl ratted out the boy for littering. No wonder this ladies kids are so lousy.

  21. I’m frankly sickened by this embarrassing situation for the family. Yes, respect the officers if they’re not criminal themselves. In this case, kudos to the lady that controlled her fury while speaking to that racist mofo. An interaction with my kid like that would have ended entirely different (hint: I would definitely end up in jail). The only thing that sickens me more is that even the other officers did not reprimand this dude. And even a level above that which makes me sick is the lack of white demographics in the protests. You’ve lost all humanity and the racist comments here are proof.

  22. It isn’t clear to me where racism comes into the mix. I see an officer that needs training in dealing with the public. I see a frustrated mom losing her cool. I see a daughter trying to calm down her mom. I see an officer that tries to move the daughter out of the way ( rightfully so, since he doesn’t know what the daughter’s motivation is) and the daughter resisting. I see someone else push the officers as pandemonium is escalating. I see a portion of the video cut out between the daughter resisting, someone pushing the cop, and the arrest of the mom. Now we have people presuming racism and police brutality.

  23. Why does this have to happen… I almost (almost) can’t believe that the cop was dumb enough to become provocative with a woman who has already showed incredible restraint by not hurting the guy who wrapped his hands on her young child’s neck. “Why doesn’t it matter” actually came out of his mouth. While I think it’s never ok to get in the way and crowd a cop trying to do his job it’s also not cool to potentially give a mom a heart attack/stroke in front of so many people including her child. The lawyer was right. “It sent a signal to the 7-year-old, who was just assaulted by a neighbor, that he could never rely on police officers for protection” and the situation also said it’s ok to get smart with anyone and also yell at them and resist arrest as long as there are a horde of cell phones recording. I normally give cops the benefit of the doubt but I can see and I can hear and he provoked that mom. I also think the daughter was trying to get in between them and calm her mom down, why else turn your back to an armed cop who didn’t ask for you to turn around? The real victim here- the 7 year old kid who is too young to understand not to litter and what happened to his family.

  24. I guess I just don’t get it, she called the police, they arrived and listened, when the officer stated she might want to teach her child to not litter she goes nuts. The proper response would have been to agree with the officer, promise to work on that life lesson with her son then ask the officer what he is going to do about the assault on her child. That would have forced the officer to address the issue, the neighbor should have not approached the child, he should have called the police, end of story. When she verbally attacked the officer she forced his hand, everyone in the crowd should have backed off. How would you feel with a crowd yelling at you? Anyone could have lost it like her and pulled a gun.