Black Texas Woman Pleads with White Cop Arresting Daughter, Gets Arrested, too; Cop May Have Had Covid-19
As a White Texas deputy Sheriff restrained and arrested a young Black woman on July 27, 2021, her mother attempted to comfort her—for which she was tackled and arrested, too. At the time, the deputy may have been infected with Covid-19, too.
The incident unfolded in the Deerfield Heights neighborhood of Forney. In this Dallas suburb, two deputies from the Kaufmann County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) responded to a report of a young woman darting in and out of traffic. They found 18-year-old Nekia Trigg walking along the roadway and attempted to take her into protective custody. When she resisted, one of the deputies pinned her to the ground and handcuffed her.
That’s when Trigg’s mother, 41-year-old Antanique Ray, was captured on a bystander’s cellphone video pleading with the officers not to restrain her daughter. She then reached for the young woman’s hand, and the deputy—whose badge read “Martin”—tackled Ray to the ground and arrested her, too.
Ray was booked into the county jail on charges of interfering with public duties and assaulting a public servant. She was later released on bond. Trigg was taken for a mental health evaluation at a hospital.
Asked about the deputy in the video, later identified as Conner Martin, a spokesman for KCSO said only that “he is not working.”
In that video of the arrest, Martin can be seen mounting the prone teenager to pin her to the ground and later wrestling with her mother on the ground, too. The family’s attorney, Kim T. Cole, said that KCSO then contacted the women to warn them that Martin had tested positive for Covid-19 just after the incident.
As a result, Cole said that Ray missed a week of income while she took off work to quarantine. After the video went viral over the Internet, the family also received threatening messages via social media, she added, forcing them to flee their home for an undisclosed location.
Sources: Dallas News, TMZ
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