Austin Local News
City Reaches Settlement with Breaion King
Austin city leaders say they've reached a settlement agreement with Breaion King, the woman who was at the center of a now-viral arrest video from 2015 in which she's seen being thrown to the ground by former Austin police officer Bryan Richter.
King had been pulled over for speeding, but the encounter quickly escalated when she struggled with Richter after he ordered her out of the car and onto the ground. After resisting, she was yanked from the drivers seat and handcuffed. And while some have said King did not help matters by resisting arrest, critics say Richter used excessive force. Her arrest touched off a firestorm of criticism from activists. Former APD Chief Art Acevedo called the encounter "shameful."
On Tuesday, the city reached the settlement with King, although the details are not yet known. The city council is refusing to make any of that information public until after an official vote has been taken at City Hall.
Richter remained on the job until January of this year when a new video surfaced showing him allegedly roughing up another person during an arrest.