DALLAS (AP) — A white Texas policeman was suspended with out pay for 10 days, however won’t be fired, after an incident during which he was caught on video wrestling a black lady and her daughter to the bottom, Fort Value Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald introduced Monday.
Fitzgerald stated the officer, recognized by division officers as William Martin, violated coverage, is sorry for his conduct and is keen to renew lively obligation on the finish of the suspension. He stated he has requested Martin, who will even be required to bear further coaching, to return into the identical group when the suspension ends “to restore relationships.”
“We aren’t sanctioning dangerous conduct … Individuals make errors. We now have ranges of errors that each police officer makes,” Fitzgerald stated. “Some issues deserve punishment; some don’t. Some deserve termination and a few don’t.”
The incident on Dec. 21 occurred after Jacqueline Craig complained that a neighbor choked her 7-yr-previous son for allegedly littering in his yard. Considered one of her daughters filmed the interactions between Craig and Martin.
Within the video, Martin questions why Craig hadn’t taught her son to not litter and later asks why the neighbor shouldn’t have put his palms on her son. One in every of Craig’s daughters tries to push her mom away from Martin, however the officer forces Craig and the daughter to the bottom. He thrusts a stun gun into Craig’s again and later factors it on the daughter telling her to remain again.
He arrested Craig and her daughters on expenses that embrace disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The disciplinary report submitted to the Civil Service Fee, says Martin violated division coverage through the use of extreme pressure and failing to completely examine. Different findings included neglect of obligation, being discourteous to the general public and conduct prejudicial to good order.
“Officer Martin violated state and departmental guidelines and insurance policies through the use of extreme drive, being disrespectful, and failing to completely examine a felony offense,” Fitzgerald writes within the letter.
Terry S. Daffron, an lawyer representing Martin, stated he has appealed the suspension.
“Clearly, we don’t agree with the findings contained within the Chief’s disciplinary letter,” she wrote in an emailed assertion. “We sit up for a good, impartial, and neutral listening to course of, free from political strain and affect, one the place Officer Martin will lastly have a ‘voice’ and all the…