Fort Worth police arrested hit-and-run suspect after all-day protests from mother, community

Fort Worth police arrested a minor Suspicion of hit-and-run hitting a child After a large number of people, including the mother of an injured boy, protested outside the suspect’s house on Monday.

Amiee Johnson asked the community to stand with her in protest After she said the police did not act swiftly to arrest someone she believed she had beaten her eight-year-old son, Jojo Dan. According to Fort Worth police, Jojo was biking outside Strong Avenue’s 3200 blocks when the pickup truck hit him and continued to drive.

Fort Worth police announced that they had arrested a boy suspect in the case at around 9:30 pm. In the tweet, the department also thanked “everyone who supported the incident, especially the families of the victims.”

Fort Worth police chief Neil Noakes retweeted a statement about the arrest.

“Join us to continue praying for the young victims of this incident and his beloved family,” he said in a tweet.

Early on Monday, police sent a press release asking citizens to help find witnesses or more information about suspicious drivers.

Johnson said he was changing the diapers of another child when an 11-year-old kid rushed in and said Jojo had been beaten around 7:40 pm on Saturday. She found her son outside, and when she picked him up, he was sick in her arms.

She said police and ambulances arrived soon. Jojo went to the hospital, and his injuries included a fracture of his leg, a skull fracture and a swelling of his brain. The Fort Worth detective deleted all the information about the hit-and-run, but Johnson was surprised when he gave her a card and said someone would contact him.

“He looks back and begins to leave,” she said. “I said,’What’s the next step? What’s going on?'”

The detective told her to visit the neighborhood and gather as much information as possible.

Family wants justice

Johnson, angry and impatient with his son’s justice, She started her own investigation. Her neighbor had a ring video of her son hitting a truck, and Johnson found a nearby store with surveillance footage. Her sister posted a video on Facebook, and within minutes social media people told Johnson the address where the truck was registered. By 10:30 pm, less than three hours after her son was beaten, she was confident she knew who had hurt him.

She and her husband drove by a house on Bright Street, and she was convinced that the truck was in the backyard. On Sunday morning, they came back and Johnson stood on the car and overlooked the fence in the backyard of the house. The pickup truck was in the yard.

She called the police and told them what she found. When they didn’t arrive within minutes, she told others to call 911. A policeman arrived at the house and forced him to cross the street. Johnson looked into the gate, said he saw someone removing the license plate from the pickup truck, and told the police what was happening. She demanded that the police do something.

Police returned later that day and towed a truck from the backyard. Johnson felt a temporary relief and expected to be arrested soon. However, police told Johnson that no one could be arrested yet because he had not identified who was driving the car. Johnson’s frustration grew when she said she repeatedly asked the police when someone would be arrested during the Sunday day.

Johnson, a black man, felt that the police were giving her a detour and giving her inconsistent information. She went to find out who hurt her son, and now she wanted to detain him. She said police assured her that she knew who the driver was and when the case was resolved she told them to arrest him.

However, police told her that there were still routes they had to take and proper steps to follow.

“I said,’What is the proper procedure when a white kid … hits a car?'” She said. “I said,’Don’t treat me as if you weren’t anyone. Treat me as if this were your 8-year-old son.”

As of 3 pm on Monday, police said in a press release that the department’s traffic investigation unit had identified a person of interest and a pickup truck that appeared to be involved in the hit-and-run. According to a press release, the detective also obtained a video of a hit-and-run and continued his investigation.

Police have not answered Star Telegram’s question about Johnson’s concerns.

All-day protest ends with arrest

On Monday morning, Johnson decided to take action, with his son still in the hospital in crisis and the person who believed she had beaten him had not yet been detained. She and others in the community posted on social media and called for protests outside Bright Avenue’s home. She said she hadn’t left until the person was arrested.

Hundreds of people were waiting in the street all day on Monday. Some people have folding chairs or sit on the car, others write “justice for Jojo” and “come to the law, do your job and justice for Jojo”. Some people have a sign that has been struck. As the protests progressed in the evening, people brought water and food.

At some point, a group of people marched on Berry Street, urging Fort Worth police to block the street with a police car. At 8:30 pm, at least 200 people were still out of the house. A few hours ago, Fort Worth police said they were preparing to issue an arrest warrant, protesters said. A handful of Fort Worth police officers stood on the sidewalk outside the suspicious driver’s house.

A woman, Chanesta Racket, saw a Facebook post about hit-and-run and said she wanted to help her family.

She said this could happen to any son. She emphasized that protesters want justice for their families, not trying to cause violence or problems.

“I’m here, showing support and love,” she said.

Around 9:10 pm, someone said Johnson had arrested the driver. She wanted proof. She and other protesters walked to a line of police cars waiting for Eastbury, and police officers took Johnson aside.

A few minutes later, Johnson, standing under a streetlight in Eastbury, spoke to the waiting crowd in tears. She said the car passengers hadn’t been arrested, it wanted to see her still happen. However, she was pleased that someone who believed she had beaten her son was detained.

“I’m proud to get together, follow my lead, and do what it takes to be here, without resorting to violence,” she said.

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