AUSTIN, Texas – The City of Austin has a reached a settlement with teacher Breaion King, who was thrown to the ground by Austin police in 2015.
On Thursday, May 24, the council unamiously approved a settlement in the amount of $425,000.
King was pulled over in 2015, and video of the arrest emerged in July 2016. She was pulled over for speeding, and the exchange escalated, leading to Officer Bryan Richter throwing King to the ground.
The video showed that later, when King was handcuffed in the back of a patrol vehicle, another officer, Patrick Spradlin, told King that people are afraid of African Americans because of “violent tendencies.”
King’s initial civil lawsuit was dismissed.
The terms of the settlement weren’t immediately released.
Austin City Council member Greg Casar last Tuesday, May 15, released the following statement:
"This settlement with Ms. King, as well as a formal apology, are the very least the City can do. Since Ms. King's unnecessary and violent arrest by the Austin Police Department, we have partnered with the community to improve the City’s de-escalation and use of force rules. However, there are still policies in place that prevent accountability and transparency in cases like this. If we want to create an Austin that is safe for everyone, and ensure justice for Ms. King and many more, then we as a City must commit ourselves to further reforms at our police department."