White Texas police officer who wrestled black woman suspended, not fired

Woman's attorney says client is 'understandably in disbelief'

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FORT WORTH - A white Texas police officer has been suspended without pay for 10 days, but will not be fired, after an internal investigation of a cellphone video in which he is seen wrestling a black mother and her daughter to the ground and arresting them.

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald announced the discipline Monday at a news conference.

The incident happened in December after Jacqueline Craig complained that a neighbor choked her 7-year-old son for littering. In the viral video, Officer William Martin forces Craig and her daughter to the ground and thrusts a stun gun into Craig's back. Craig and her daughters were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct.

Martin was disciplined for neglect of duty, being discourteous to the public, conduct prejudicial to good order and violation of department rules, including excessive use of force and failing to thoroughly investigate.

Terry S. Daffron, an attorney representing Martin, said he does not agree with the department's findings and will appeal the suspension.

S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for Craig, said the decision not to fire the officer is intolerable. Merritt posted a video to Facebook saying his clients are "understandably in disbelief."

Merritt had asked that Martin be fired and charged with a crime. He had also asked that all charges against the Craig family be dropped and that charges be filed against the neighbor accused of choking Craig's 7-year-old son.

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