Fannin County, TX — The Free Thought Project reported on a rather disturbing video last week showing a young mother getting attacked by a Texas deputy because she told him to get off her property. Although the incident happened on August 9, 2018, the video has only just been released causing a storm of backlash against the Fannin County Sheriff’s department.
After the video went viral, sheriff Mark Johnson was forced to respond to the much-deserved criticism his department is facing. Instead of apologizing or promising change, the sheriff went on the defensive and claimed that those who have been complaining about the deputy’s actions must be members of “law enforcement hate groups.”
“This video was shared with many, many groups, and it was done for a purpose: Hate groups, law enforcement hate groups,” Johnson said. “We’ve had so many hate emails, so many nasty responses on our sheriff’s office Facebook page that I made the decision to take it down.”
While there are undoubtedly folks who unquestioningly hate police officers for no reason, it is entirely understandable to be outraged over this incident and not hate cops.
An innocent young mother watched a police officer enter her home without a warrant and terrorize her, she was attacked on her own property, and then it was her who got the charges. People have every right in the world to contact that department and voice their concern.
That is the only thing that leads to change. Sadly, however, it did not. TFTP has spoken to to the woman in the video, and she says cops came by again last week for absolutely no reason. Coincidentally, it was the same day the video began to go viral.
What’s more, the deputy who attacked her is back on the streets. Johnson assures the public, however, that the deputy has been “retrained in arrest and search and seizure topics.”
“The deputy in question was placed on administrative leave until the investigation was completed, and once it was over he was called back to work,” the sheriff said.
As TFTP previously reported, the video shows the deputy investigating a call from the neighbors of Joi Eachus, 22, over allegedly aggressive dogs. When the deputy asks the neighbors if the dogs ever bit them, they said ‘no.’
After the deputy interviewed the people who called him, he then went to the home Eachus lives in, which is owned by her parents who were not home. When Eachus answered the door, she was polite and answered all of the deputy’s questions honestly.
“We have a pit puppy, who has never bitten anyone,” Eachus says. “She just has a very aggressive bark.”
The deputy asked her if her dogs ever get out and Eachus explained that they have a hole in the fence where the dogs may have escaped.
“OK, that’s going to have to stop,” the deputy tells her.
“Can you ask them if my dog bit them?” Eachus asks the deputy.
“Today, no,” the deputy replies.
“But I’m fixing to go talk to somebody. Apparently, one of them bit someone on the back of the leg.”
“When?” Eachus asks.
“I do not know. I haven’t talked to them yet,” replies the deputy.
“OK,” she replies.
“Is there any way I can see the dogs?” asks the deputy.
Eachus, knowing her rights, told the deputy that she was not comfortable allowing him in her home because her parents were not home.
When Eachus refuses to allow the deputy in her home, his tone shifts from inquiry mode to aggressor. The deputy then begins asking typical investigatory questions, despite knowing what house he is at and who lives in it.
The deputy then appears to be wrapping up the talk and then starts leaving, lecturing Eachus on the potential consequences of her allegedly aggressive dogs.
As he starts walking away, Eachus goes inside, noting that she was going in to put her baby down.
This freaked the deputy out who then let himself into the home — without a warrant — and began to verbally accost Eachus.
“Do I need to call my mom so you can talk to her?” asks Eachus.
“I’m fixin’ to take you to jail,” the deputy threatens.
“Because you keep interrupting me,” replies the deputy.
“You can’t take me to jail for not letting you talk,” explains Eachus.
“Because I’m here, because of your dogs.”
The deputy continues to ask Eachus if she understands and she continues to reply that she does. But the deputy would not let it go.
Eachus nicely asks the deputy to leave several times and he refuses. Eachus then calls her mother who tells her daughter not to let the deputy in the house. The deputy even talks to the girl’s mother on the phone and the mother tells him to get out of her house.
When Eachus’ mother asks the deputy why he is in her house, the deputy lies and says, “Because these dogs continue to run free. And she slammed the door. And when I went to knock on it, it came open.”
However, the deputy’s own body camera showed that he pushed the door open and walked in.
“OK, have a good day,” the deputy says to the mother and he puts the phone down as she’s still telling him to get out of her house.
At this point, Eachus is outside demanding that the deputy leave. But he continues to refuse.
Instead of leaving, he then attacks the young mother.
“Get off me! Get off me!” Eachus screams as the deputy throws her to the ground by her neck.
The deputy then pins her to the ground as the girl begs him to get off of her.
“I can’t breathe,” she says. “I don’t know why you are doing this to me.”
Eventually, backup arrives and that’s when the deputy began lying through his teeth.
He tells his sergeant that Eachus “ran inside and slammed the door” and so he “knocked” to get her to come back out, but that the door opened.
As seen on the video, that is not what happened. The deputy was walking away in a long-winded lecture and Eachus simply went inside, which is her right to do so.
He then tells his sergeant “that finally, I couldn’t keep up with everyone, so I was gonna detain her.” But “detaining” Eachus consisted of him brutalizing her and throwing her to the ground.
Clearly, this deputy was scared of two young women and to “protect” himself, he attacked one of them.
After the incident, Eachus tells TFTP that she was arrested and charged with assault on an officer. However, these charges were eventually dropped. TFTP is now in the process of helping Eachus find a civil rights attorney who will represent her in a lawsuit against this department.
Below is this disturbing footage. And no, it does not make you a member of a law enforcement hate group it this footage upsets you and causes you to complain to the department.
As stated above, on Thursday, after the video began to go viral, police showed back up at the residence. This time the officer claimed he was responding to some erroneous vehicle complaint. The entire time he was at their home, he had his hand on his weapon. Eventually he left.