Officer Arresting Breaion King Caught on Video Saying Blacks Have "Violent Tendencies"

Source: Austin American-Statesman

Dash cam footage surfaced Thursday of a white Austin, Texas, police officer violently arresting Breaion King, a black elementary school teacher, in 2015. The video shows the officer, identified by the Austin American-Statesman as Bryan Richter, throwing King to the ground twice at a traffic stop.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, a second officer, who the Associated Press names as Officer Patrick Spradlin told her police are right to be distrustful of black people because of their "violent tendencies."

"Why are so many people afraid of black people?" Spradlin asks King. "I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way — violent tendencies." 

Spradlin goes on to say that white people rightly fear black violence because some black people are "very intimidating."

The Associated Press reported that both officers are on desk duty as the department further investigates the incident.

The Austin Police Association has apologized for Spradlin's comments in a statement from vice president Anthony Nelson that said, "We recognize how incidents such as these can divide our city and cause mistrust."

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Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

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