Long testified he put his Taser in Wilmer Cruz’s back, but Cristina Cruz grabbed it from his hand and pointed it at the officer.
“I grabbed Mrs. Cruz by the arm and told her she was under arrest for grabbing my Taser,” Long said. “She refused and would only say: ‘Jesus love(s) me.’”
After Cristina Cruz was arrested, Wilmer Cruz and Wilmer Cruz Jr. were seen in the video pinning Long against a door, the officer testified. One of the sons was also seen on video taking an officer's radio.
Long testified the family likely fought back because they believed: “Officers were not allowed to fight back against them.” The family also threatened to kill his mom, Long said.
At the center of the brawl was the missing girl, since returned to her mother, and believed to be pregnant by the Cruz’s 17-year-old son. Robles called officers to the church regarding her daughter.
A week before the brawl, the girl's mother, Ana Cardenas Robles, filed a restraining order against Cristina Cruz on March 19, alleging the minister's wife stalked her and threatened her with deportation and refused to let her have contact with her teenage daughter.
But an attorney for the Cruz family argued in court Robles congratulated Wilmer Cruz Jr. on the pregnancy and allowed her daughter to stay with the family.
The family was denied bond in court.