Austin officer in Breaion King case files appeal after firing


Two Austin police officers are on a quest to get their jobs back.

Officers Bryan Richter and Steven McCurley were fired last week for excessive force and dishonesty. Now, they’ve formally filed appeals with the city — beginning what likely will become a months-long process.

During an arrest of a man at Barton Creek Square Mall in July that was caught on an APD helicopter camera, Richter is accused of putting his foot on the man’s head. And investigators said Officer Richter was not forthcoming about his actions.

WATCH: Breaion King talks about the recent firing of the Austin police officer Bryan Richter

This is Officer Richter’s second major use of force encounter in the past couple of years. The other case involved teacher Breaion King, an incident for which Officer Richter received a reprimand.

Here’s what happens now with his appeal. During the next few weeks, the city and police union will agree on an independent arbitrator to hear Officer Richter’s case.

Then a hearing will be set, likely for sometime in the next six months. It will resemble a trial, with both sides presenting evidence.

Once that hearing has finished, the arbitrator will make a ruling.

That ruling can then be appealed to state district court, but it is extremely rare for either side to do so.

Officer Richter will likely claim as part of his appeal that his punishment was too excessive and that other officers who have done the same thing were allowed to keep their jobs.



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