Austin TX – A video uploaded to Facebook this evening is once again putting a spotlight on the arrest practices of the Austin police department.
As the video begins, an officer can be seen attempting to force a man out of his house. When the man asks the officer if he can exit of his own accord, the officer simply replies “no” and continues to needlessly struggle with the non violent man.
Within seconds, more officers arrive and proceed to struggle with the man and attempt to place him in different arm and head locks all while the man is insisting that he is not resisting and trying to comply with the officers’ demands.
As soon as the officers wrestle the man from his home, they immediately throw him to the ground and begin violently assaulting him. When a child comes out to see what is going on, one of the officers proceeds to forcefully shove him back.
Officers then unnecessarily tase the man while he appears to be on his knees and is continuing to stress that he is trying to obey their orders. After tasing him, officers then unleash another volley of fists to the man’s head.
While the officers continue to escalate the situation and the scene becomes more chaotic, a dog comes out and begins barking at the officers. Instead of attempting to de-escalate the growing tensions, the officer that initially made contact with the man decides to continue his melee by maliciously kicking the tiny canine.
When neighbors begin exiting their apartments to witness the officers’ actions, police further escalate the already hectic situation by attempting to bully and intimidate the uninvolved bystanders.
*Update* Here’s the full story from Elizabeth: http://bit.ly/1MNiKrxWarning: The following content contains graphic language. Video of an APD arrest from last Friday sent to FOX 7 by Angela Michelle.Elizabeth Saab on FOX 7 spoke with the head of a local union who represents officers to get insight into what they face each day on the job.Here is the TX penal code on resisting arrest.Sec. 38.03. RESISTING ARREST, SEARCH, OR TRANSPORTATION. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he knows is a peace officer or a person acting in a peace officer’s presence and at his direction from effecting an arrest, search, or transportation of the actor or another by using force against the peace officer or another.(b) It is no defense to prosecution under this section that the arrest or search was unlawful.(c) Except as provided in Subsection (d), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.(d) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if the actor uses a deadly weapon to resist the arrest or search.
Posted by FOX 7 Austin on Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Austin Police department is already facing public scrutiny from an incident that took place just last week. As the Free Thought Project previously reported; on Friday, November 6th, several Austin Police officers were caught on video horrifically brutalizing two men for the crime of walking across the street.
While details are still emerging as to why this man was being detained, there is no doubt that these officers’ actions were completely unwarranted and unbecoming of ‘peace officers’. If three police officers cannot successfully apprehend a non-violent individual without creating a scene of chaos and brutally assaulting innocent bystanders and family pets, what does that say about the quality of police in America?
(UPDATE: March 29, 2017 – Luis Aguilar, the man seen in the video has been acquitted, by a jury of his peers, on all criminal charges. He was initially arrested for resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. Aguilar faced one year in jail if convicted.)
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