An Austin police dash cam video that was just released shows an incident from June of 2015 in which a black school teacher was violently arrested during a traffic stop. Reportedly she was pulled over by Officer Bryan Richter for going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit
A second video from the inside of another officer’s car as he transports her to jail features a conversation between the teacher, Breaion King, and that officer about racism. During that conversation, Officer Patrick Spradlin can be heard telling King that the white people are afraid of black people because of “violent tendencies” and that this fear is justified “because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating.”
The traffic stop happened in June of last year but was not seen until the Austin American-Statesman published the video Thursday. Acevedo called a news conference hours later and said both officers have been taken off street patrol and are on desk duty pending new internal investigations, which he said will include both officers’ conduct in the year since the incident.
The video is surfacing amid heightened nationwide tension over police treatment of black people.
“For those that think life is perfect for people of color, I want you to listen to that conversation and tell me we don’t have social issues in this nation,” said Acevedo, who is Hispanic. “Issues of bias. Issues of racism. Issues of people being looked at different because of their color.”
In one of two videos, Officer Patrick Spradlin is heard talking to King, who was pulled over for speeding, about race while driving her to jail.
“Why are so many people afraid of black people?” Spradlin asks.
King replies that she is also trying to figure that out.
“I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way,” he said. “Violent tendencies.”
Spradlin goes on to say that “I don’t blame” white people for being afraid because of violence in the black community. “Some of them, because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating,” he says.
King told the newspaper that the encounter changed how she views police. Acevedo said she was pulled over for driving 15 mph over the speed limit when Officer Bryan Richter ordered her out of the car. The video shows him nearly throwing her into an adjacent truck while trying to place her under arrest in a Wendy’s parking lot.
“I’ve become fearful to live my life,” King told the newspaper. “I would rather stay home. I’ve become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”
Dashcam video of Arrest
Video of Conversation Inside the Car
Arrest and Backseat Videos Combined
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