AUSTIN (KXAN) — The attorney representing an Austin second grade teacher is telling us about a video that surfaced showing 26-year-old Breaion King being violently arrested.
Erica Grigg says she was shocked and heartbroken when she finally received a copy of the video showing her client’s run-in with police.
“I was heartbroken because I looked at that video and thought that would never happen to me as a white woman,” Grigg said. “It’s what I believe; I don’t think it would’ve escalated the way it did had she been white.”
Grigg says while the incident happened June 2015, the video is just now surfacing. She says part of the reason is her client’s fear to speak out.
“She was just so embarrassed and horrified and scared quite frankly to come forward and complain,” Grigg said. “She doesn’t trust the police, any more after this and so I think that’s what took her so long to come forward.”
Grigg believes King came to her because she’s tried other excessive force cases in the past. Grigg says she’s had enough of cases like this.
“This is important to me because people in power have to be careful and responsible with that power and when they’re not there needs to be a platform for people to come forward and say enough is enough.” Grigg said.
Grigg herself was a prosecutor and says she and King understand one police officer’s actions don’t represent all officers.
“She wants peace, she wants everyone to be able to walk around in this community, she loves Austin, she wants everyone to be able to walk around this community no matter what color they are and feel safe,” Grigg said.