Black female teacher, Breaion King’s lawsuit against abusive Austin police, Bryan Richter has been thrown out by the court.
Austin, TX – Pulled over for driving 15 mph over the speed limit, an elementary school teacher was recorded on police dash cam video being slammed to the ground twice by an overly aggressive cop, reported by The Free Thought Project. After the woman was placed in the back of a patrol car, two separate videos caught the arresting officer making false statements regarding the arrest and another officer making racist comments to the restrained teacher. In spite of the glaring evidence against him, the abusive Austin police officer responsible for the brutality, Brian Richter, will not face charges.
On Thursday, a grand jury did not indict him. The grand jury heard 13 hours of testimony from eight different witnesses over a three-week period before returning the irresponsible decision.
At 12:30 p.m. on June 15, 2015, Austin Police Officer Bryan Richter pulled over 26-year-old Breaion King for driving 15 mph over the speed limit. According to Richter’s dash cam video, the officer immediately ordered King to step back inside her car before informing the teacher that she had been stopped for speeding.
Complying with his orders, King sat inside her car and gave Richter her driver’s license as commanded. When ordered to put her feet inside so Richter could close her door, King asked, “Could you please hurry up?”
Instantly losing his temper, Richter demanded, “Okay, ma’am, stand up for me. Okay?”
“Okay,” King responded.
Despite the fact that King had been complying with his commands and had agreed to exit her vehicle, Richter suddenly grabbed her for no apparent reason before she could step out of her car.
“Why are you touching me?” King asked in absolute terror. “Oh my God!”
Stop resisting!” Richter immediately shouted. “Get out of the car!”
“I’m getting out,” King replied. “Let me get out.”
Gripping King’s neck and arm, Richter abruptly pulled her out of the car and whipped her around before violently slamming her against the ground.
“Put your hands behind your back!” Richter ordered.
“Oh my God!” King pleaded. “Are you serious?”
“I’m about to taze you,” Richter threatened as King stood up and placed her hands behind her back.
“Are you kidding me?” King asked as Richter swept her legs and threw her to the ground again for no apparent reason.
“Put your hands behind your back,” Richter repeated while pressing his full weight down on her back.
“Would you let me get down, please?” King pleaded.
After cuffing the 112-pound woman, Richter and a fellow officer led King to the front of his patrol car by lifting her arms behind her back in a torture position. Before she was placed inside the back of the car, King genuinely asked, “Why are my arms so high up?”
— Zesty Texas News (@zesty_texas) October 15, 2016
Abusive Austin police officer Bryan Richter, the officer in the video, and the city of Austin were named as defendants in the lawsuit, Kxan stated. While the lawsuit against the city has been dismissed, the suit against the officer is ongoing. The city has hired attorney Charles Frigerio to represent the officer.
Judge Sam Sparks says Breaion King’s eight allegations against the city were made “without any specific factual allegation.” King was given the option to file an amended lawsuit, but was cautioned by Judge Sparks that any similar complaint without specific factual allegations would be dismissed, adding the court costs could be taxed to King.
On Wednesday, the city of Austin filed a motion to dismiss King’s lawsuit. “We were hoping to work out a settlement without having to file suit outside of court. We reached out to the city attorney’s office, we sent a letter to the mayor’s office, we were told by the mayor’s office he would call us, he never called us,” Erica Grigg, her attorney said.
In response to another officer’s racially-charged comments following the arrest, Chief Art Acevedo said he was “sickened and saddened” by the event. Officer Patrick Spradlin asked King in the back of the patrol car, “Why do you think so many people are afraid of black people?” He answers his own question by saying it’s because of “violent tendencies.”
Jim Harrington, founder of the Texas Civil Rights Project, believes the judge acted prematurely. “If you’re talking about changing the police culture and the way that an officer feels that he could have done what he did as you can see in that video, if you want to really address that, you’ve gotta have the city as part of the litigation.”
the huge number of police brutality and misconduct cases we see now and then maybe caused by a number of certain factors and one force backing the menace is the judicial system. Despite the video evidence which clearly suggests that the force applied by the abusive Austin police officer was unwarranted, the judge still sided with the law enforcement. The court ruling is a vote for police violence against Black people and we need to stand against such awful practices as the Freddie Gray case tends to serve as an example for cowardly juries unable to decide between their conscience and the fear of police.