A Texas cop pulled a school teacher over for speeding, then violently threw her to the ground within seconds, later claiming she was “reaching for the front passenger side of the vehicle,” which, of course, made him fear for his life.
But the dash cam video shows Austin police officer Bryan Richter simply flew off the handle.
What else is new?
The incident took place last year after Richter pulled over a 112-pound school teacher named Breaion King for speeding, but only recently came to light after prosecutors viewed the video and dismissed resisting arrest charges against her.
The Austin Statesman obtained the video and interviewed King as well as Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who said Richter was disciplined with counseling and training, if you want to call that discipline.
Meanwhile, King, who is black, is still traumatized by the incident because a second officer who was transporting her to jail, who like Richter is white, was recorded telling her that police target black people because of their “violent tendencies.”
But the video confirms what we see daily. That it is police with the violent tendencies.
The incident took place on June 15, 2015 after King pulled into the parking lot of a Wendy’s where she had planned to eat lunch.
She had already stepped out of her car when Richter pulled up behind her because he had clocked her driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.
He told her to sit back down in the car, but she informed him she was going into the restaurant, which he found suspicious because she was not carrying a wallet, proving that nothing gets past him.
She did sit back down, but kept her feet outside with the door open, which made Richter even more suspicious, later claiming he feared she would take off running to avoid the speeding ticket.
So he ordered her to place her entire body inside the car so he could close the door, but she asked if she could remain seated with the door open.
But that is what made him lose his temper.
“Okay, ma’am, stand up for me, okay,” the cop said, grabbing onto her to pull her out of the car, which made her grab on to her steering wheel.
“Stop resisting, stop resisting,” he yelled as he struggled with her, causing her horn to blow. “Get out of the car.”
“I’m getting out, let me get out, do not touch me,” King said.
And that was when he yanked her out of the car and threw her down on the asphalt.
He then plopped his whole body weight on her while grabbing on to her wrists, ordering her to place her hands behind her back.
However, it is clear he was not letting her place her hands behind her back.
At one point during the struggle, he had her hands behind her back and she stood up, so he slammed her to the ground again.
She was eventually placed in the back of a patrol car driven by Austin police officer Patrick Spradlin where they had the following conversation.
“Why are so many people afraid of black people,” Spradlin asks King.
She replies, “That’s what I want to figure out because I’m not a bad black person.”
“I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way,” the officer tells her. “Violent tendencies.”
When she asks if he thinks racism still exists, he says, “Let me ask you this. Do you believe it goes both ways?”
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, when you hear about stuff like that, it is the black community that is being violent. That’s why a lot of the white people are afraid, and I don’t blame them. There are some guys I look at, and I know it is my job to deal with them, and I know it might go ugly, but that’s the way it goes.
“But yeah, some of them, because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating,” he says.
In his interview with the Austin Statesman, Chief Acevedo said he had viewed the videos and was “highly disturbed and disappointed” in how both officers acted but because it happened more than six months ago, he can’t do anything but give them a written reprimand because of “state civil service law.”
Meanwhile, King is now terrified of police.
“I’ve become fearful to live my life,” she told the Statesman. “I would rather stay home. I’ve become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”
Prosecutors said they plan to present the case to a grand jury to see if they could indict the cop, but if the grand jury is made up by people who are commenting on the Statesman article, then there will be no chance for an indictment because many are blaming her for not complying within a split second of his orders.
Watch the video below and decide for yourself.