AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin officer at the center of several controversial “use of force” investigations will never work in Travis County law enforcement again, thanks to a new deal with prosecutors.
A-P-D’s chief fired officer Bryan Richter over lying about his actions while arresting an assault suspect outside Barton Creek Square Mall in 2017.
A disciplinary memo said Officer Bryan Richter stepped on the man’s head, after kicking him in the gut, while the suspect’s hands were behind his back.
Prosecutors agreed to close the case.
In exchange, Richter must pay $900 in restitution to the man he arrested, can’t appeal his firing and won’t ever be able to seek employment with APD or any other Travis County law enforcement agency again.
But the most widely scrutinized use of force by Richter was his arrest of school teacher Breaion King two years earlier.
He stopped her for speeding, but eventually pulled her from her car and threw her to the ground.
A grand jury decided not to indict him for use of force in that case.
A KXAN investigation in 2016 discovered Richter charged more people with resisting arrest than any other officer in the previous decade.
But in each of those cases, his superiors decided his use of force was appropriate and within APD policy.