Austin Police Monitor raises concerns after controversial arrest video surfaces

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier says she is concerned her office was not notified of a controversial video of a black woman’s arrest and use of force by two Austin Police officers.

Frasier says for years she’s advocated APD to let her office review every use of force report by police. She says things would be different had that policy been in place.

We wanted to know how Frasier’s office would have responded if the incident involving officer Bryan Richter had been referred to her office.

“If I had reviewed that video, I would have said there needs to be a full investigation,” Frasier said in an interview Friday. “I will tell you I can’t say for sure. I can tell you it wouldn’t have been ‘Don’t do that anymore.'”

“It looks to me to be an inappropriate use of force,” Frasier said when asked if the video showed an excessive use of force,

Frasier says it also concerns her the woman in the video, Breaion King, did not file a complaint with the Office of the Police Monitor. She wants people to know the Office of the Police Monitor is separate from the Police Department and should be a place of trust.

The OPM website outlines the office’s duties:

  • Assess citizens complaints
  • Monitor Internal Affairs investigations
  • Make recommendations on policy, procedures and discipline
  • Monitor APD policies and practices
  • Publish reports (six-month and annual)
  • Conduct community outreach programs and educational forums

A separate investigation is underway into a second officer who responded to that incident. Chief Acevedo says officer Patrick Spradlin made racist remarks to the woman who was arrested, as she rode in the patrol car.

Frasier says her office has received complaints about both officers in the past. She said complaints about Richter included his use of force, but those were not complaints substantiated by APD.

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