Louis Aguilar was tased and beaten yesterday afternoon in Austin, TX. The video doesn’t show why the police were called but it does show three of Austin’s finest dragging Louis onto his porch and starting a brawl with the family.
Originally it was only one officer who was hands on, but shortly after the video starts a second officer shows up and begins to violently twist Aguilar’s arms. This is only made harder by the other officer already struggling with Louis. The third officer who shows up wraps his hands around the guys neck and pulls him by his head the rest of the way out of the door. Eventually he is taken to the ground, tased twice and punched. When the family members verbally protest the assault the cops begin to abuse them.
After they tased his older brother, the younger brother rushes in to defend him. One of the cops slams him to the ground and shoves him into the wall.
While one of the cops is wrestling with the younger brother, the family dog jumps in and bites the ankle of the officer who is attacking the younger brother. Immediately one of the officers who is wrestling with Louis punts the tiny dog across the porch. The younger brother is taken to the ground and then the officer who was struggling with Louis punches him in the face, as Louis is saying “Please don’t do this”.
After everything was said and done they arrested the lady with the camera for making a false 911 call, which is where the interactions should have ended. They arrested Louis and charged him with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. His younger brother was also arrested, but it’s unclear why. Maybe because he struggled with the police while they were beating his brother.
Louis Aguilar (the man who was tased and beaten) said he only fought back after one of the cops shoved his mother down.
Kevin Lawrence head of the largest police union in Texas is a big fan of the “comply or die” methods that police operate under.
“If it’s an illegal arrest, you fight that later. You file an internal affairs, a complaint with the Texas Rangers, the FBI, a civil suit, whatever”
What Mr. Lawrence seems to have conveniently forgotten is that you are allowed to resist an unlawful police arrest to the extreme of taking the offending officer’s life.
I’m not saying this arrest was unlawful, but the man was defending his mother, who was assaulted by the police. We all love our parents and regardless of how close we are to them, when someone including state actors lays hands on them we are prone to defend them.
The Austin police officers in this video are just another example of why you should not call the police for anything. Something as simple as a false 911 call was escalated into a violent and dangerous situation.
For everyone who is going to complain about how tough and dangerous of a job the police have just think about how much easier it would have been to let this man walk himself to their car would have been. After all throughout the beating he maintains that he will walk to the car on his own volition.
This is the second brutal arrest for victimless activity by the Austin PD in seven days. Last Friday night multiple Austin officers brutalized and tased a group of friends for jaywalking. I understand that crossing the street in areas that are not approved by the state is grounds for extortion, but seriously. If the result of walking across the street is getting electrocuted and beaten, I think we need to have a serious conversation about the “comply or die” mentality of the enforcement class.