Fort Worth Police Drop Charges Against Family After Body Camera Footage Leak
Charges against Jacqueline Craig, 46, and her daughter, Brea Hymond, 19, were dropped by Forth Worth police after body camera footage of their altercation with an officer leaked, according to Dallas News.
The two were charged with resisting arrest, interference with a “peace” officer and failure to provide identification after an altercation with Officer William Martin, who arrived on the scene because Craig claimed her neighbor choked her 7-year-old son.
Somehow, Craig and Hymond ended up on the ground and arrested.
“This decision didn’t happen in a vacuum,” Chief Joel Fitzgerald told WFAA-TV. “My decision to pull back these charges was something that I thought was right, something that we owed the community and the Craig family in particular.”
Video footage shows Martin handcuffing the two and even kicking Hymond while she was on the ground.
He has been suspended for 10 days without pay after the Fort Worth department found that he had violated state and department policies, such as using excessive force, being disrespectful and failing to thoroughly investigate an offense.
To further prove how imbalanced this situation has gotten, the neighbor, named Itamar Vardi, will only have to pay a fine if he pleads guilty to aa misdemeanor assault charge. Martin also won’t be charged with a crime.