City of Austin nearing settlement with Breaion King

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The city of Austin is currently working on a proposed settlement with Breaion King, the woman whose arrest was captured on dash camera footage and sparked outrage regarding the officer’s use of force. 

A city spokesperson says they cannot talk about the possible settlement until it is presented to the Austin City Council for consideration, which is expected next week. Council Member Greg Casar is in favor of the settlement. 

“This settlement with Ms. King, as well as a formal apology, are the very least the City can do,” wrote Casar in a statement to KXAN.

He said, “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.”

The video of King’s June 2015 arrest showed her being slammed to the ground by an Austin police officer. In the video, Officer Brian Richter is seen ordering her to get back in her car as he initiates a traffic stop. When Richter asks King to put her feet inside the car, the situation quickly escalates. 

Another officer’s racially charged comments toward King led then-Police Chief Art Acevedo to say he was “sickened and saddened” by the ordeal, making a public apology to King for the way she was treated. 

The possible settlement comes after King filed several lawsuits against the city and Richter. In October of 2016, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the lawsuit against the city. However, King refiled her lawsuit a few months later.

While a Travis County grand jury did not indict Richter for his use of force, he was recently fired from the Austin Police Department for lying about using force during an unrelated arrest.

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