The Washington Post

Austin settles lawsuit over police encounter


The city of Austin is paying $425,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a black woman who was thrown to the ground by one white officer during a 2015 traffic stop and then told by another that black people have “violent tendencies.”

The Austin American Statesman reported that the City Council voted unanimousl­y Thursday to a settle a lawsuit filed by schoolteac­her Breaion King.

King was arrested after being stopped for speeding three years ago. Her case garnered national attention after patrol car video of the incident was released in 2016.

Bryan Richter, the officer who pulled King from her car and shoved her down, was fired this year after another accusation of using excessive force.

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