Two African-American leaders in Fort Worth on Thursday called for the firing of a police officer who was recorded on video punching a man in the face with no apparent provocation.
Officer Jon Romer was indicted two weeks ago, accused of official oppression and perjury, over an incident that happened at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in November 2016.
"It's the climate of this city,” said Rev. Michael Bell, one of the police department’s most vocal critics. “What will give a police officer the confidence to go up and just cold cock somebody? That's the climate we're in. Our community is under siege by police."
The incident happened the month before another video involving Fort Worth police sparked racial tensions -- the controversial arrest of Jacqueline Craig, a mother who reported a neighbor had assaulted her young son.
Mayor Betsy Price has remained silent on Romer’s indictment.
Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is off on medical leave.