New video released shows police officer assaulting Black female teacher during a routine traffic stop in Austin.
Black schoolteacher, Breaion King, 26 was stopped by the white police officer Bryan Richter on June 15, 2015, for driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. However, the disturbing footage of the incident was released only in July 2016.
The video shows Officer Richter speaking with King for about a minute before brutally grabbing, hurling and arresting her. According to King’s evidence, she didn’t have enough time to fulfill the order as the officer assaulted her right after telling her to shut her car door. “It happened really fast,” she said. “I wasn’t given enough time.” By the way, it is not a new police practice to abuse Black people without giving them a chance to obey the order.
Watching the footage one can hear King screaming while the officer pulling her out of the car paying zero attention to her words. Officer Richter blamed the woman for being “uncooperative” and resisting being grabbed from the car. Why wouldn’t she resist when she wasn’t given time to get out the car by her own? Probably, the reason for her resistance was unwilling to be brutalized by the officer.
Later after arrest Officer Ritcher tried to excuse himself by saying that he “didn’t want to hit her” but she allegedly made a strike at him. Well, if a man doesn’t want to hit a woman then he doesn’t have to.
The story, in fact, doesn’t stop after the arrest; while King was sitting in the police car moving to the custody, the second officer Patrick Spradlin decided to discuss racism issue. He told the woman that Whites are afraid of Blacks because of “violent tendencies.” “I don’t blame them,” he added.
Officer Spradlin went further saying, “because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating.”
As the result of the violent arrest, Officer Ritcher was disciplined with the lowest punishment by attending counseling and additional training. Officer Spradlin didn’t face any punishment.
“After reviewing both videos, I and our leadership team were highly disturbed and disappointed in both the way Ms. King was approached and handled and in the mindset that we saw on display in those videos,” Austin police Chief Art Acevedo said.
“I’ve become fearful to live my life,” she said. “I would rather stay home. I’ve become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”
Now there is a hope that Officers finally will be given their just deserts.
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