AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A patrol car video shows a white Texas police officer violently throwing a black woman to the ground followed by another officer suggesting to her that black people have “violent tendencies.”
The traffic stop for speeding happened in Austin last summer, but the video wasn’t publicly released until Thursday.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo held a news conference after the video was published by the Austin American-Statesman. The newspaper identified the black woman as Breaion King, an elementary school teacher. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a phone message.
The officer who drove King to jail told her “a lot of the white people are afraid” of blacks because they hear about the black community being violent.
The video is surfacing amid heightened nationwide tension over police treatment of black people.
Both officers have been taken off active duty.