We are all supposed to be equal under the law. Many people balk when people of color complain about the general disrespect and violence they receive from police officers. Some even try to deny it even with video evidence. Can anyone deny this one?
Police arrest mom violently after disrespecting her (NSFW)
People of color experience this blatant disrespect and violence from police officers who one expect should be there to serve us all. Most of the times it is not caught on video. But the possibility of it occurring is ever present with every possible encounter. It is something many white people do not have to worry about in the aggregate as many choose not to be empathetic with their fellow citizens who experience these types of acts frequently.
The story is very easy to understand.
A black mom calls the police after her son told her that their neighbor, a white man, choked him. When the police arrived, he spoke to the neighbor calmly to hear his side of the story. He then approaches the mom identified as Jacqueline Craig.
"What's going on with you?" The officer asked disrespectfully.
“My daughter and son came home, saying that this man grabbed him and choked him,” Craig said. “I came around here and asked him. I said, ‘Why did you put your hands on my son?’ He said, ‘Oh, he threw some paper, and I told him to pick it up.’ He said my son didn't pick it up. He defied him. So that’s why he did it. ... You don’t have the right to choke somebody’s son. ... My son is seven years old; you don’t have the right to grab him and choke him.”
Ms. Craig also said they've been living there for years and that the neighbor could have come to her. The police officer's response was nothing short of shocking.
“Why don’t you teach your son not to litter?” the police officer asked.
“He can’t prove to me that my son did or didn’t, but it doesn’t matter,” Craig says. “That doesn’t give him the right to put his hands on him.”
“Why not?” the police officer asked.
In other words, the police officer is implying that the neighbor has a right to physically abuse her son. It goes south from there. The mother in disbelief gets angry because the police officer is no longer there as a protector of the law but instead the enforcement of a dangerous supremacy of some.
He arrests the mother for her anger that he incited by escalating the event. He also arrested the daughter who attempted to calm things down by getting between the officer and the mom. Later he took away the phone of the daughter recording and arrested her as well.
The Fort Worth police department has since released the following statement.
Statement regarding Facebook Video: pic.twitter.com/omjlHFnXxy
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) December 22, 2016