Mother settles lawsuit over Texas arrest caught on video

FILE – In this image obtained from body camera footage of Fort Worth Police Officer William Martin on Dec. 21, 2016, Martin holds the daughter of Jacqueline Craig in Fort Worth, Texas. The city of Texas has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Craig, a black mother, after she and her daughter were thrown to the ground and arrested by Martin, a white police officer, following an argument with a neighbor. The city has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $150,000, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (Fort Worth Police Department via AP, File)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A town in Texas has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a black mother after she and her daughter were thrown to the ground and arrested by a white police officer following a an argument with a neighbor.

Jacqueline Craig and one of her daughters were knocked to the ground and pointed at by a Fort Worth officer, William Martin, in December 2016. Another of Craig’s daughters, who filmed the incident on her cell phone, was also arrested.

Charges against all three were later dropped. Martin served a 10-day suspension for violating departmental policies.

The city has agreed to settle the lawsuit for $150,000, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The by-law is pending approval by City Council.

As part of the settlement, the city is not admitting any other wrongdoing and there are no other requirements, a Fort Worth spokesperson said.

Craig alleged the neighbor grabbed and suffocated his young son after seeing him throw. Craig and the neighbor both called the police.

The video of the arrests, posted on Facebook and viewed more than a million times, has raised accusations of racism.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens told the newspaper she was happy the lawsuit was settled.

“It put a big weight on her. It’s put a big weight on the city, and hopefully the settlement will be enough to make everyone feel refreshed and ready to move on,” Bivens said.

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