FORT WORTH, Texas– A Texas city has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a black mother after she and her daughter were wrestled to the ground by a white police officer and arrested after an argument with a neighbor.
Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were wrestled to the ground and stunned at them by Fort Worth officer William Martin in December 2016. Another of Craig’s daughters, who was filming the incident on her cell phone, was also arrested.
The charges against all three were later dropped. Martin was serving a 10-day suspension for violating department policy.
The city agreed to settle the $150,000 lawsuit, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The settlement is still subject to City Council approval.
As part of the settlement, the city admits no further fault and there are no further requirements, a Fort Worth spokesman said.
Craig has claimed the neighbor grabbed and choked her young son after seeing him throw. Craig and the neighbor both called the police.
The video of the arrests, posted to Facebook and viewed more than a million times, raised allegations of racism.
Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens told the newspaper she was glad the lawsuit was settled.
“It bothered her a lot. It’s taken a lot of strain on the city and I hope the deal is enough to leave everyone feeling refreshed and ready to move forward,” Bivens said.
The video in the player above is from a previous report.
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