Austin, TX — On Sunday night, in the neighborhood of West Campus, police received a 911 call that a man had been shot. It would take Austin police officers over 50 minutes to respond to that call. The man was finally taken to the hospital and luckily he is expected to survive. 50 minutes.
To contrast the priorities of the Austin police department’s response times, we can roll back the clock just 24 hours earlier to when police received a call about a woman sleeping on a sidewalk. No one had been shot, no guns fired, just a woman, asleep, on the sidewalk.
Officers showed up to this scene far faster than they did when someone was shot and within minutes, unleashed a ferocious display of violence against this woman.
As KXAN reports, according to the affidavit, Simone Nicole Griffith, 26, was seen camping/sleeping on the side of the Carousel Pediatrics-Springdale building. A security guard attempted to remove her, but she refused.
When police showed up, the woman swore at officers, telling them to “shut the f**k up! I ain’t doing nothing. I know the motherf**king law, bitch!” Her behavior — which clearly demonstrated a mental illness — prompted the original officer to then call for backup.
When the second officer arrived, they told Griffith that she was now under arrest for criminal trespass, to which she responded, “No I am not. I don’t have to get up for you. You are not the law, bitch.”
After she refused to get up, police then moved in to force her up and put her in handcuffs. Griffith, however, had different plans and refused to be handcuffed, allegedly scratching one of the officers in the process.
“[We] proceeded to tell [Griffith] not to resist but she kept fighting back,” the affidavit reads.
The alleged scratch was enough to prompt an extreme reaction of violence and for the next several minutes, police would deliver multiple knee strikes to the woman’s body and numerous fists to her face.
We “ultimately had to use force to apprehend her even though Nicole was already notified that she was under arrest,” the affidavit states.
The subsequent beatdown was captured on bystander video and it is nothing short of shocking. According to the video, in the beginning, Griffith does actually appear to be resisting. However, two cops are on top of her and attacking her for simply sitting on a sidewalk. To a mentally ill person, this scenario would naturally cause such a reaction.
Although she resisted in the beginning, several moments into the beating, it is completely clear that she is no longer resisting. Yet the beatdown kept coming. As both officers have her mounted like an animal, they continue to deliver knee strikes and multiple punches.
At one point in the video, we can clearly see that the only thing Griffith is doing is covering her face with her hands to stop the attacks from the two officers.
Eventually, after she’d been pummeled into submission, police put handcuffs on the woman and she is arrested. Griffith was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and criminal trespassing.
Griffith’s attack above was reminiscent of the fate suffered by Marlene Pinnock on the side of a California highway. In that case, Officer Daniel Andrew mounted Pinnock and proceeded to smash her face in repeatedly.
Pinnock was so badly injured during the incident that she received a $1.5 million settlement after the fact. As for officer Andrew, he was cleared with the District Attorney’s office claiming he was “protecting” Pinnock with the multiple punches to her face.