VIDEO: Outrage After Cops Whoop Suspect Trying To Attack Firefighters

Fort Worth police officers fought with Forrest Curry for nearly five minutes, Chief Joel Fitzgerald said.

Fort Worth, TX – The Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) issued a statement regarding the arrest of a combative man on Sunday, after a passerby recorded a snippet of the man’s arrest, and posted the video to social media (video below).

The brief video showed a FWPD officer striking 35-year-old Forrest Curry, as two officers attempted to place the man under arrest on Saturday.

What the 45-second video did not show, however, was the totality of what occurred during the four-and-one-half-minute altercation, FWPD Chief Joel Fitzgerald said in a press release.

“The video being circulated depicts officers struggling with the male and striking him as they attempt to handcuff him,” Chief Fitzgerald explained. “What the video does not depict is that it took three officers and one supervisor to effectively place the resisting subject into handcuffs.”

The FWPD was called to the scene after Curry attempted to fight with members of the Fort Worth Fire Department (FWFD), while they were handling a call for service, KTVT reported.

The firefighters asked police to “respond rapidly due to the subject’s combative actions toward them,” according to the FWPD press release.

Curry also appeared to be intoxicated, the firefighters said.

Curry attempted to run away when officers arrived, but was apprehended three blocks away following a brief foot pursuit.

He aggressively resisted arrest, prompting additional units to respond.

“Why are you punching me?” Curry squealed in the video.

Curry’s lawyers, L. Chris Stewart and Jasmine Crockett, claimed that Curry had experienced a seizure just before police arrived at the scene and he didn't know that officers were on top of him, the New York Daily News reported.

"We are focusing on getting the victim of this police violence out of custody and ensuring that he receives the necessary medical attention for injuries suffered during the heavy-handed arrest by officers with the Fort Worth Police Department," Stewart and Crockett said in written statement, according to The Dallas Morning News. "Unfortunately, it seems the Fort Worth Police Department has a culture of violating the rights of people of color."

Crockett blasted Chief Fitzgerald for his objective response to the incident.

“You would think an African American chief, out of all people, would have some understanding this type of situation,” she told the New York Daily News.

Next Generation Action Network president Dominque Alexander “applauded” the chief for launching an internal investigation into the altercation, but said he believed the officers overreacted, according to KTVT.

“I still wanna know why the officer felt like he needed to use that level of aggression on him, striking him continuously,” Alexander said.

Police are legally allowed to hit people who actively resist arrest.

Curry was arrested for resisting arrest, evading arrest, and public intoxication, the New York Daily News reported.

You can watch the passerby’s video below:

Comments (13)
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UnicornPrincess
UnicornPrincess

"Please cooperate, please don't fight, I know you don't want to go to jail but work with me here buddy." I'm sure that would be a much more effective way and it would solve all the issues. </sarcasm>

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Ok Blue Lives Matter, get it right... , “as two officers attempted to place the man under arrest on Saturday.” No he was already placed under arrest and then he resisted the arrest. The officers were not attempting, he was under arrest when the officer put their hands on him.

7ACChamp
7ACChamp

Always found it better to let the Fire Fighters take care of the resister in an emergency situation. We always showed up to see a bad guy unconscious. No use of force rules in the Fire Dept. Just a little paperwork and a trip to jail.

G_Bacon
G_Bacon

Two cops have him down and are scuffling with him to put him in cuffs.... do you really think he wasn't more of an asshole before they got a hold of him? I see no problem here... .

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I just love how these sidewalk lawyers think they know everything about a situation from a few seconds of observation in the middle of a confrontation. With the firefighters as witnesses on how this got started, I hope they throw the book at this punk!! And I love how they always have an excuse for their behavior like mental illness or a seizure. Never ever any personal accountability!!

Pissed-off-AF-Vet
Pissed-off-AF-Vet

A Person is only detained when the officer places hands on. He is under arrest when he can't leave. Had the subject left nothing more would have happened. Also the video DOES NOT show the WHOLE altercation just a shot bit.

HeWasMyHero1943
HeWasMyHero1943

Seizure my butt! He obviously came to quite rapidly and able to find that F bomb come out of his mouth. And then the idiot filming it....... DRIVING REGARDLESS OF HOW SLOW, while video taping is against the law! You endanger everybody! BTW nice snapshot of your face at the end of the video, makes it easier to identify you for the fines you should be receiving. The DUFUS award goes to you! Dumb, dumb ta dumb!

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Driving, filming and making up lies ... Douchebag!

UAViator
UAViator

ah, I miss the good old days....

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

curry you Dump az, you got the fight you wanted. It just didn't turn out like you thought.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Earned and deserved a real beating for going after firemen....

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

Failure to comply, AGAIN! He kept asking "why you punching me?" All he had to do was comply, where do these idiots come from?