VIDEO: Police Officers Attacked By Minister And His Family

Police officers were attacked by the minister and his family in a church parking.

Lilburn, GA – A minister, his wife, and two sons were arrested after they attacked police officers who were searching for a missing teenage girl at their church (video below).

The March 24 altercation, which was captured on bodycam and cellphone video, began when officers responded to the Iglesia Cristiana Evangelica Church after a woman reported that she’d spotted her missing daughter there, according to WSB-TV.

The mother told police that the people at the church had her daughter and wouldn’t let her speak to her.

Authorities said it was believed that the missing 16 year old was in the gold Cadillac Escalade parked in front of the church.

“As the officers walked toward the vehicle, several people approached the officers,” Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said in a statement. “Officers repeatedly instructed people to stand back and continued to attempt to speak to the missing juvenile in the parked car.”

Chief Hedley said the onlookers didn’t listen and that led to the altercation during which the officers were kicked and choked.

“I’ve never seen something that could have been so innocent escalate so quickly because of lack of cooperation,” Lilburn Police Lieutenant Tim Allen told WSB.

The video showed the minister’s family circling a police officer on multiple occasions. Initially, a second officer appeared to be helping the first officer, but then he got busy with a separate set of suspects.

At one point, the family circled an officer and the minister’s wife grabbed the officer’s Taser, and pointed it at him, the video showed.

In the video, one of the minister’s sons can be seen taking the officer’s radio.

“At some point during the scuffle, the other officer tried to call for backup but couldn't because [someone] was on the radio talking on it,” Lt. Allen said.

After the officer managed to handcuff the wife, the minister and his son pinned the officer up against a glass door, the video showed.

"The officer was grabbed by his throat and slammed into the glass, pinned up to the glass door and was unable to move at that point," said Lt. Allen.

Backup arrived, and Minister Wilmer Cruz, his wife Cristina Cruz, and their 17-year-old son Wilmer Cruz Jr. were arrested and charged with obstruction, aggravated assault of an officer, and interference with custody, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The family’s 16-year-old son also was arrested, but was charged as a juvenile.

The missing teenage girl was found in the minister’s SUV with one of his sons, and was returned to her mother.

The mother told WSB that the church members were claiming they had custody of her daughter through the Division of Family and Children Services, but that was not true.

All three Cruz family members charged as adults were held in jail without bond.

You can see the video of the attack below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (143)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Yep, let's allow more immigrants to assimilate into our country. It's obvious from this video that they follow our laws.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Sorry, i didn't see any attack against cops, like the article says. I saw resisting, sure. But no attacks. Not one fist or foot was thrown.

CraigTee-RetiredSD
CraigTee-RetiredSD

LOL! Remember that if some day somebody wraps their fingers around YOUR throat. "No... he wasn't attacking me... he was simply disagreeing with my actions!" LOL!

lauraaz
lauraaz

Every one of these needs to be deported as soon as they finish their prison sentences!

RunCop
RunCop

Put your hands on a copper and you should be beat senseless !

maxx308
maxx308

You do understand that so much as touching an officer is considered assault let alone grabbing one and slamming him into a window.

Gemzynsky
Gemzynsky

LOL. Early in the video, you can see the young dude holding on to the officer which is assault. Then some women came and literally took the taser out of the officers hands. Great work from these officers.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

You have annoyed people on here way too much and this last comment put me over the edge. Every single day you are here provoking people who have a different opinion than yours. Why are you here if you just want to argue, or wind people up? What a sad life you must lead. Please go away.Too bad this site just doesn't ban you.

rcpilot2000
rcpilot2000

This is what comes from shit hole countries!!!

Azladyj16
Azladyj16

You’re a troll and an idiot! Slamming the officer up against a wall and grabbing him by the throat while another threatened an officer with his taser isn’t assault?! Why don’t you just go away!! You are so damn annoying!

Pack
Pack

Save the video, it WILL be used in court. Somebody please tell the lady with the camera to SHUT UP!

theJacob
theJacob

I wonder why cops don't have tase or shock batons. In crowd situations or situations they are outnumbered, the taser has no use. Its a one on one device. Simply touching the mom or preacher would have thwarted any more resistance from them making this a much shorter involvement.

Amars
Amars

First and foremost listen and obey. I just don’t get it. Imagine how different things would be if people would just do that. smh!

GeeGirl
GeeGirl

GOOD JOB COPS, those idiots will get cop justice for preventing the cops from doing their job!!!!!!

ntstar4
ntstar4

Great Job Lilburn PD ! You put up with a lot more than I could have. It took a lot of restraint.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CraigTee-RetiredSD
That wasn't a choke, his airway was never restricted. Grabbing a neck and not squeezing is a control point, not a choke.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@maxx308
I didn't say they were innocent, I'm just saying this article says they were attacked. The cops most definitely were not attacked.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LaneysSis
Well, I'm within the rules and normal practices of this site, so there would be no reason to ban me.

I know your emotions want me banned because i upset you. Just try to reign them in. Thoughts and prayers!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Azladyj16
Don't call me an idiot, silly bitch.
No one was slammed, and i didn't see a throat grab. I saw more of a forearm shiver under the chin to push the cop back, which is self defense 101. The cop was never not able to breathe.

Watch the video again, this time with less emotional reaction.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I felt sorry for the two officers as they struggled against numerous people who would not obey lawful orders - glad that backup arrived in time.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Arrest/deport the whole family. They should have complied. Play stupid games and you win the deport prize.

bronx163
bronx163

Poor tactics and coordination. Lucky no cops got killed.

CraigTee-RetiredSD
CraigTee-RetiredSD

@Hi_estComnDenomn You do realize that you are only parading your ignorance when you refuse to call that an attack. I don't know what state you live in (and don't care as long as it's NOT mine LOL!) but it might behoove you to study up on the legal elements of an "attack" (AKA "assault").
If you DO decide to vanquish your ignorance with a bit if reading, you will learn that several elements in that video DO INDEED qualify as an "attack" (assault on a police officer in this particular case). In CA, I would also incorporate PC 148 just to give the assistant DA a heads up to screw these @$$holes over. :)

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CraigTee-RetiredSD
Again, i didn't say they weren't assaulted. I didn't even say what they were doing is legal. It's not. But the cops definitely were not attacked. The Bible thumpers could have easily fucked both cops up if that was their aim. It wasnt.

Is everyone just reading my comments and seeing shit i didn't type?

jimyjoe
jimyjoe

cops were too nice. You cant touch a cop. they are lucky doenst got shoot.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

What video do you watch? You missed the part where they pinned an officer against a car? And the part where the women attempted to disarm the officer of his Taser? That by itself warrants being shot. I only watched 60 seconds of it so far and saw multiple charges on multiple people there.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

And OK the bible thumpers could have easily "fucked both cops up" do you realize the cops could have shot their asses up if THEY wanted to? Batoned their asses, maced and tased their asses? They were being far too lenient. Which leads to further aggression. Every time you speak you reveal just how ignorant of how the real world works. Back to your video games and weed kid.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

If not for the small kids their those fools would have gotten a serious ass whooping I'm guessing..

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

These people are real lucky they're still alive.

JustAnotherPerson
JustAnotherPerson

I think what @Hi_estComnDenomn was trying to say is that while they did assault the officers, it wasn't an all out attack. They didn't start swinging until he was unconcious or something equally brutal. It was an assault on the officers, yes, but nothing they did was meant to do serious or permanent harm. I think that was his point.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JustAnotherPerson
That is exactly my point.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Not an assault? Wrong

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@davidebrwn no one here said it wasn't an assault. who is wrong?

AnnieCee
AnnieCee

I'm impressed that the cop only pointed the taser. Those people were way out of line, four of them had the policeman pinned up against the van. And the woman pulled the taser from him. IMO they're lucky to be alive after all that. And why were they doing all this for a child who wasn't even their own? This was bizarre.

GVD32
GVD32

Any contact with the throat is a deadly force assault. Guns should've been out at that point.

Trefflek
Trefflek

amazing restraint by the officers. He should have kept his baton out and beat them down & ended this much quicker.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

That loud mouth idiot videoing this screaming ‘stop what are you doing they did nothing wrong...’ all the while they’re assualting the officers, taking their equipment, AND, they ILLEGALLY obtained a minor under false pretenses...smfh!!!!!!!

rds40
rds40

Wow are you a total idiot. When control of the taser was gained, deadly force should have been used.

Another internet minister that's a tax dodge. Churches should be handled like a busjness...and taxed.

Bigg59
Bigg59

What is wrong with people let the officer do his job keep your mouth shut and all is solved

CraigTee-RetiredSD
CraigTee-RetiredSD

Once again my friend... it would be great if you could SIMPLY do just a LITTLE bit of reading in an effort to banish your ignorance. If I can't talk you into educating yourself on the Penal Code perhaps I could talk you into simply opening up your dictionary (or... Google for Idiots) and looking up the word "attack". If you do this you will see the word "assault" either in the definition itself or in the Synonym section. The legal system also treats them as the same. You ARE extremely informed in one area though.... dishing out schoolyard insults and sophomoric name calling. Congrats!

Mic911
Mic911

You are either blind, stupid or both!!! That was a flat out assault on both police officers! Even after the Sgt. was able to get up you can see his partner in background wrestling with his assailant on the ground and the cruiser!!

Mic911
Mic911

I have said this until I am blue in the face...just coperate and do what you are told to do and answer all questions...then there will be no problems!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mic911
Did i say it wasn't assault, dummy?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CraigTee-RetiredSD
I don't need to look up a thing, clown. What they did wasn't legal, but if they wanted to attack that cop, they could have. That wasn't their aim.

CraigTee-RetiredSD
CraigTee-RetiredSD

I see the problem here. It's difficult to impress a concept on an individual with the intelligence/maturity level of a child. The telltale indication is the inability to express yourself WITHOUT resorting to name calling or labeling.

For the simple: According to both Webster (that's a dictionary) and most (if not all) US court systems.... wait for it.... "Attack" EQUALS "Assault". There.... I just saved you whole MINUTES of research! LOL!