Texas officer says blacks have 'violent tendencies'
Jul 23 2016
AUSTIN, Texas Austin, Texas, police on Friday were investigating the circumstances surrounding a traffic stop in which a white officer twice slammed a black woman to the ground while another officer later made racially charged comments.
The new footage of King's arrest comes as relations between black communities and police departments remain tense, following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, and the massacre of five law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas.
The incident unfolded in June 2015.
A police cruiser pulled up next to King's auto as she was exiting the vehicle.
The ten-minute video shows King leaving her vehicle when Richter approaches her and tells her to get back in the auto.
While it's unclear what transpired after King was taken into custody following the events depicted in the second video, she eventually paid a small fine for the speeding offense, and reportedly saw a doctor the following day for minor scrapes and bruises.
"I understand the reluctance of communities of color to not come forward, because they don't think anything's going to happen, or they're afraid of retaliation", said Acevedo.
Here, the situation intensified after King asked the officer to "please hurry up".
"Put your hands behind your back!" the officer repeatedly yelled while he was on top of her.
"But I'm already stopped, so technically can you stop me?" "Oh my God! Oh my God!"
"Stop resisting!" Richter yells.
The officer then takes a step back and orders her to "get out of the auto", before calling for backup.
A few seconds later, as the officer is trying to place her in handcuffs, she tries to get up and the officer can be seen taking her to the ground a second time. Richter then appears to change his mind and tells her instead to stand up.
Newly released footage of her June 15, 2015, arrest is the latest in a string of videos showing tense encounters between police and blacks across the country. However, based on the video, King was later cleared by prosecutors for the resisting arrest charge she was given.
"But do you ever wonder that you know Black people are the majority of the time on the defense because they feel like they are not safe?"
"I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way: violent tendencies", Spradlin says.
"You were approached in a manner and treated in a manner that is not consistent with the expectations of this police chief, of most of the officers of this police department, and most importantly I think of all of us as human beings". "Do you believe it goes both ways?" In the vehicle, 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". "And I don't blame them". Later, Spradlin says, "Some of them, due to their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating". Spradlin was not disciplined for his comments because the department was unaware of his remarks until the newspaper began asking about them, the American-Statesman reports.