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Video shows Texas Police officer slamming 112-pound black woman twice during arrest

July 23, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Video shows Texas Police officer slamming 112-pound black woman twice during arrest

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Police officials in Austin, Texas have opened an investigation after disturbing videos surfaced showing a forceful arrest and comments made afterward by one officer declaring that blacks have “violent tendencies.”

Dashcam video footage released on Thursday by the Austin American-Statesman depicted Officer Bryan Richter, who is white, throwing Breaion King, who is a black woman, to the ground two times during a traffic stop back in June 2015.

Separate video footage that has also come to light exposed a conversation regarding race between King and Patrick Spradlin, another white officer.

Spradlin is overheard asking King, “Why are so many people afraid of black people?”

The woman replied: “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: violent tendencies,” Spradlin then stated.

King, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher, was cleared by prosecutors for charges of resisting arrest when the video of the arrest surfaced.

The 112-pound victim told a local news outlet that she has hired attorneys as she considers filing a lawsuit against the department. King said: “I’ve become fearful to live my life. I would rather stay home. I’ve become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”

Art Acevedo, police chief for the Austin Police Department, declared Thursday that both Richter and Spradlin have been removed from their posts on the streets as an internal departmental review is being conducted.

The inspection will include a criminal investigation and an administrative inquiry into how Richter’s administrators arrived at the conclusion to give him the lowest level of punishment: counseling and training.

Acevedo claims that he was unaware of Spradlin’s comments, which he condemned as racist until the press began inquiring about it.

At a news conference, Acevedo released a formal apology to King, who did not file a criminal complaint with the police department until after the arrest.

He stated: “After reviewing both videos, I and our leadership team were highly disturbed and disappointed in both the way Ms. King was approached and handled and in the mindset that we saw on display in those videos.”

“But there is another piece, which has caused concerns as to our review process and the systems we have in place,” Acevedo said.

The video of the arrest began with Richter asking King to get back inside her car and informed her that she was pulled over for speeding.

Richter is heard saying: “You were about to go inside without a wallet, so I know you were only coming over here because you knew I was going to pull you over… I can absolutely stop you if you’ve already parked, yes.”

The confrontation intensified when Richter asked King to get out of her vehicle, and when she did not immediately comply, he physically pulled her out.

King yelled, “No, why are you touching me?

“Oh my God! Oh my God!” she continued.

The officer scowled back: “Stop resisting! Get out of the car!”

King replied that she was going to get out and not to touch her.

Richter forced her out and threw the tiny woman to the pavement, screaming at her to put her hands behind her back as she squealed out in pain. He then told her that he was about to tase her.

She pleaded with the officer, “Oh God, why are you doing this to me?”

As King struggled to get to her feet, Richter kicked her legs out, picked her up and threw her down on the ground again. He then slapped handcuffs on her as another officer came to the scene.

In the second video, King is shown handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser as she spoke with the cop who brutalized her and asked him if he believes racism is still alive, to which he replied: “Let me ask you this: Do you believe it goes both ways?”

She told the officer that she thinks racism goes both ways but thinks white people have greater rights than blacks.

Spradlin then said: “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 added.

King paid a $165 penalty and additional court fines after Richter testified that he had caught her doing 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. King’s attorney said in an interview that the video footage disturbed her.

Grigg said, “When I looked at this video, I was heartbroken because I thought, ‘That would never happen to me because I’m white.'”

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