WARNING:VIDEO NSFW, EXPLETIVES & VIOLENCE
In the 50-second video released Sunday by Next Generation Action Network , two Fort Worth officers restrain a man lying face down in the street.
One officer kneels into the man’s back and repeatedly punches him as the man cries, “Why (expletive) are you punching me? Why?”
Members of the Fire Department called the police about a drunk and disorderly person who they claimed tried to assault them, the New York Daily News reported. Curry appeared drunk and tried to assault them as well, cops said, adding that he ran away after an officer approached him.
Curry’s attorneys — L. Chris Stewart and Jasmine Crockett — argue he had a seizure before the police arrived.
“The video being circulated depicts officers struggling with the male and striking him as they attempt to handcuff him,” Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said in a statement. “What the video does not depict is that it took 3 officers and 1 supervisor to effectively place the resisting subject into handcuffs.”
Yesterday a man was assaulted by Fort Worth Police Department officer information hasn't been released regarding the arrest but NGAN leadership has spoken with the Police Chief.We will keep you updated…
Posted by Next Generation Action Network on Sunday, April 1, 2018
The network also posted a media advisory on its Facebook page, stating:
On March 31, 2018, The Next Generation Action Network was notified and received audio/visual footage involving the use of excessive force, against 35-year-old Forrest Curry, by the Fort Worth Police Department. On April 1st, 2018, additional footage was received, highlighting the incident from a closer vantage point and angle that clearly depicts the assault. The footage showcased officers, as they held Curry faced down on the pavement – hands positioned behind his back, assaulting him through continual/repetitious punches and knees to the face and abdomen.
Though our leadership team has spoken with Chief Fitzgerald, of the FWPD, demanding transparency and more information about the situation, and despite the Chief Assuring Internal Affairs is investigating the matter, the FWPD has been consecutively involved in cases surrounding the excessive use of force over the past 5 years.
Media Advisory: #JusticeForForrestCurry On March 31, 2018, The Next Generation Action Network was notified and…
The Fort Worth police opened an internal investigation after the video was posted on Facebook. The names of the officers have not been released.