A 26-year-old woman was stopped by police in Austin for a speeding violation. However, when she was asked to get her license and registration, the situation quickly escalated into a terribly violent altercation.
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In June of 2015, Breaion King was stopped by an officer for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. The elementary school teacher was approached by Austin police officer, Bryan Richter. A dash cam video caught the entire incident.
During the initial conversation, Richter can be heard telling King to step inside her car and close the door while she finds the appropriate documents.
Richter gave King the instructions twice, when his attitude quickly shifted and he demanded that she get out of the car. No sooner than a few seconds after, Richter reached inside the car and began to pull King from the car.
“No, why are you touching me?" King screamed. "Oh my God! Oh my God!”
Then Richter can be heard telling King to “stop resisting.” However, based on the video, King was later cleared by prosecutors for the resisting arrest charge she was given.
As Richter pulls her from the car, her tiny 112-pound body flew through the air and hit the neighboring car. During this quarrel, the two make their way back up to their feet and then Richter slams her to the ground a second time.
Eventually Richter places handcuffs on King and takes her over to the hood of his police car and they are joined by a second officer, Patrick Spradlin. In the car, Spradlin and King engaged in a conversation where he openly said that white people don’t want to interact with Black people because Black people have “violent tendencies.”
Initially, when the case was first reviewed in 2015, Richter and Spradlin’s supervisors gave the lowest form of punishment: counseling and additional training. It was not until recently that the police department opened an administrative review into Richter’s actions and the response of his supervisors.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has reviewed the tape several times with her office and she believes that this case will be presented to a grand jury.
Although it appears that progress will soon be made when it comes to this case, King still feels extremely emotional and fears that this will forever change the way she views police officers.
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