A man who witnessed two Austin police officers manhandling a woman at a gas station pulled out his cell phone to snap a photo, prompting the cops to approach him in a threatening manner.
The cops accused him of interfering with the investigation.
The only thing he was interfering with was the story they planned on conjuring.
Antonio Buehler, a West Point graduate who served in Iraq, told them he was only exercising his right to take pictures.
One of the cops then pushed him against his truck before taking him down and arresting him, charging him with harassment on a public servant, which is a third-degree felony.
As usual, the cops created their own version of the story, saying Buehler had gotten in their faces, even going as far as spitting at them.
But they didn’t realize another citizen was video recording the altercation from across the street.
And thanks to Craig’s List, Buehler was able to track that witness down.
Now the Austin Police Department is forced to explain itself to the media why there are discrepancies in their version of the story.
According to KVUE:
The officer accused Buehler of spitting in his face. Buehler denies it. Buehler put an ad on Craigslist for anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Someone responded and provided video which appears to support Buehler’s version of events.
Austin police disagree.
“Buehler was in the officer’s face,” said Corp. Anthony Hipolito, an APD spokesman. “The officer kind of put his hand on his shoulder and tried to back him up and at that time was when Buehler spit in the face of Officer Oborski. At that time he was placed under arrest for harassment of a public servant which is a third degree felony.”
“I want to see both cops reprimanded, disciplined, maybe even fired,” said Buehler. “I saw a woman getting assaulted by the police. It looked like police abuse, and I decided to speak up and take pictures. I think that is every person’s right.”
Buehler says there was a female who witnessed the altercation and offered to give Buehler’s friend her card. Buehler says police prevented her from do so. Buehler says he would like for that woman to come forward as well.