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Fannin County Sheriff: Arrest video ignites 'hate groups'

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A body cam documented the arrest of Joi Eachus by a Fannin County deputy on August 9, 2018. (Fannin County Sheriff's Office) A body cam documented the arrest of Joi Eachus by a Fannin County deputy on August 9, 2018. (Fannin County Sheriff's Office)
A body cam documented the arrest of Joi Eachus by a Fannin County deputy on August 9, 2018. (Fannin County Sheriff's Office) A body cam documented the arrest of Joi Eachus by a Fannin County deputy on August 9, 2018. (Fannin County Sheriff's Office)
A body cam documented the arrest of Joi Eachus by a Fannin County deputy on August 9, 2018. (Fannin County Sheriff's Office) A body cam documented the arrest of Joi Eachus by a Fannin County deputy on August 9, 2018. (Fannin County Sheriff's Office)

EDITOR'S NOTE: The mother of the woman who is seen being arrested in the video described in this story said the family has contacted the FBI abut the incident. The FBI declined to disclose to KTEN if there is an ongoing investigation.


FANNIN COUNTY, Texas -- The date was August 9, 2018.

A Fannin County deputy responded to an animal complaint at the home where Joi Eachus lives.

"The young lady comes up to the front door and they started talking," Sheriff Mark Johnson said. "You can see in the video they had a different kind of conversation, and things kind of escalated and went south."

The deputy arrested Eachus. She later requested an assault charge be filed against the deputy.

"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. 

Johnson said this incident was quickly investigated by the Texas Rangers and the officer cleared of any wrongdoing.Charges were also dropped against Eachus.

"We did some retraining on de-escalation and things where deputies have better understanding of their position when they're at a scene if they're doing an investigation or if they're there for criminal purposes," the sheriff said.

The deputy in the video was retrained in arrest search and seizure topics.

But this week, the body cam video was released and quickly spread online.

"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."

The sheriff said his personnel will continue to work to be the best they can be, despite criticism.

"We have lots of new training that we put in place to get the officers better trained, to be better prepared for all situations, and that's what I'm excited about," Johnson said.

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