Friday, December 23, 2016


An officer got in a shouting match and appears to have let that escalate into an arrest that arguably violates the woman's First Amendment rights.  As long as one does not physically interfere with the officer, or use fighting words, their argument and yelling at the officer is protected by the First Amendment. (See Lewis v. New Orleans 415 U.S. 130 (1974) See
(Warning: The Facebook video[available at the link] contains obscenity throughout.)
"A Fort Worth police officer was placed on restricted duty Thursday after he was captured on a viral video wrestling a woman to the ground and pointing a stun gun at her teenage daughters before arresting them.
Jacqueline Craig had called police Wednesday to report that a neighbor had choked her son to get him to pick up trash. She and the responding officer, whose name has not been released, got into a verbal altercation. By the end of the encounter, the officer had handcuffed Craig and her two daughters, ages 15 and 19."
At one point, the officer states:
"If you keep yelling at me, you're going to piss me off," the officer says."
This is not only unprofessional, it may also be incriminatory

However, there is a possibility that the video was edited before being provided to the media.  Stay tuned

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