Antonio Buehler handing out awards during the 2013 Peaceful Street Project Police Accountability Summit. Photo by Carlos Miller
Antonio Buehler, the founder of the Peaceful Streets Project, has uncovered internal police documents revealing a shocking attempt at abuse of power by the Austin Police Department.
In September 2012, Buehler wrote a satirical facebook post in the form of a fictional letter to the editor of the local newspaper written by assistant APD Chief of Police David Carter. Among it’s subject matter, the letter pointed out the APD’s lack of respect for Constitutional rights, and the police’s penchant for shooting dogs.
Following Buehler’s post, David Carter tried to have Buehler prosecuted for criminal impersonation.
“I tried to make a joke on a private facebook page about the Austin Police Department not giving a damn about people’s constitutional rights or their dogs. So APD tries to get me indicted on a third degree felony for “Online Impersonation,” wrote Buehler, 37, a former army lieutenant and West Point graduate, who earned his MBA from Stanford.
Californian cops bullied a man with a camera after he advised his friend not to answer any questions during some type of traffic detainment.
It started with a University of California cop stepping into the man’s personal space, forcing him backwards, ordering him to “get that camera out of my face” as he stuck his fat face into the man’s camera.
A bully of a Washington D.C. cop named C.C. Reynolds tried his best to intimidate a man from video recording officers piling on top of a man on the sidewalk, claiming it made the videographer part of “the investigation,” even though the man was standing about 50 feet away.
Oozing of arrogance and insolence, Reynolds claimed the sidewalk was not public, ordering the man to leave, then claiming he could confiscate the camera as “evidence.”
In several episodes over recent months, Arlington police officers have been forced to flee the scene of a crime as cop watchers arrived with cameras, members of the Tarrant County Peaceful Streets Project and Texas Cop Block who parked nearby, recording officers from a public space, leading officers to stop what they were doing.
In one recent incident, the Dallas Observer’s Sky Chadde was on hand to report:
“At a recent cop watch, I was in the car when we pulled up to one traffic stop. The man was on the ground with had his hands behind his back. As soon as cop-watcher Joseph Tye got out of his car, the two officers let the man go. He got in his truck and drove away, and so did the officers.”
Chadde’s report begs the question – if officers are fleeing the crime scene when concerned citizens arrive with cameras, then who exactly is committing the crime?
After a call for help about a 19-year-old woman who reportedly threatened her family with a gun, San Jose police found the girl armed with only a cordless drill.
According to the San Jose Mercury News:
Police and witnesses — some of whom captured the incident on cellphone video — said when [she] got within about 15 feet of [Officer] Okuma, the officer opened fire.