A video released by the Austin Police Department, showing white officers throwing a Black female teacher to the ground, is to be reviewed.
It took more than a year for the Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo to condemn the two officers, assaulted a 26-year-old Black Texas teacher for driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.
According to the Austin American-Statesman report, Acevedo had at least four chances to be informed about the video as they reviewed it. He wasn’t notified when Richter’s supervisors examined the incident.
Officials also said that they were not informed about King’s attorneys asking for a video from the officers’ car involved in the traffic stop.
The video, released only after months of the incident, shows Officer Richter nearly throwing the young Black woman into a side-way truck for driving at a speed 15 Mph more than the limit. Officer Spradlin, who handcuffed King and took her to jail, was caught on tape saying Black people might be more prone to violence.
The Police Chief, Acevedo, said that the officials should have informed him no sooner to take drastic actions against the two officers. “At the end of the day, it starts with us, the chain of command and how we review things,” he said. “But the criminal justice system has a lot of cogs in the wheel, and every cog – from the police department, the police monitor, the county attorney, the district attorney and ultimately the courts – have a role in ensuring accountability.”
District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said that prosecutors would present the case to a grand jury in the next several weeks.
This accident should have been reviewed earlier and officers shouldn’t get away with this violent action. Hopefully now when it got public attention these racist cops will be fired.
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