Sunday 4 December 2016

WATCH: Police slam teacher to the ground while saying blacks have 'violent tendencies'

Published 22/07/2016 | 11:42

A screengrab from the video

A new storm has erupted after a police video shows a white officer throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop, followed by another white officer telling her black people have “violent tendencies”.

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The shocking clip was shot in Austin, Texas in June 2015 but only emerged on Thursday after the Austin American-Statesman obtained a copy.

The video shows the traffic stop escalating rapidly in the seven seconds from when officer Bryan Richter first gives a command to 26-year-old Breaion King to close her car door to when he forcibly removes her from the driver’s seat, pulls her across a vacant parking space and hurls her to the asphalt.

Later king was filmed as she was being driven to jail. The camera recorded a conversation between King and officer Patrick Spradlin in which he said whites may be concerned about interacting with blacks because they can appear “intimidating.”

On Thursday Austin, Texas Police Chief Art Acevedo apologised to Ms King during a news conference and pledged a series of administrative investigations and increased training. He said his "heart was sickened and saddened" by the arrest.

"I'm sorry that on the day that you were stopped for going 15 miles per hour," Acevedo said in a public apology.

Breaion King in the back of the squad car
Breaion King in the back of the squad car

"You were approached in a manner and treated in a manner that is not consistent with the expectations of this police chief, of most of the officers of this police department, and most importantly I think of all of us as human beings."

Acevedo said he didn't learn of the videos until Tuesday, when a prosecutor called him after receiving inquiries from the Austin American-Statesman.

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