Woman arrested by Fort Worth PD regrets 911 call for help

A woman arrested by Fort Worth police after she called 911 or help wants the officers involved to be charged with a crime.

The officer has been fired, but the woman's attorney says that does not go far enough.

Even though Dorshay Morris was the one who called 911 after fearing her boyfriend might hurt her, she wound up in handcuffs and charged with aggravated assault. Now, her attorney says it's the officer who should be facing criminal charges.

Morris says she would not have called 911 to report concerns for her safety had she known what would happen.

“I called for help, and I regret that,” she said.

Fort Worth police released the body cam video of her August arrest. Morris had called 911 saying she was armed with a knife and feared her boyfriend was going to break into her apartment.

Morris, who had warrants out for her arrest, did not want to give her ID to police. She saw the video for the first time on Tuesday.

“Very difficult to watch,” she said. “I feel very disrespected.”

Morris' attorney plans to file a police brutality case against the city of Fort Worth and the officers involved in her arrest.

"In a familiar pattern, Fort Worth Police Department arrived, criminalized Ms. Morris and brutalized her by tasing her and placing her under arrest,” said attorney Lee Merritt. “She remained under arrest, charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest for five days."

The charges against Morris were later dropped. The case is similar to the arrest of Jacqueline Craig in 2016. Craig was also arrested after calling 911 for help.

Like Morris, Craig's charges were also later dropped. Lee Merritt, who also represents Craig, plans to file a civil suit in her case on Thursday.

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