An Austin police officer who received a reprimand for his violent arrest of a teacher in 2015 was fired Monday after officials said he used excessive force on a suspect.
Officer Bryan Richter lost his job stemming from an incident in which Richter and other officers were serving a warrant as part of a special team in the department’s organized crime division.
According to a disciplinary memo, Richter placed his foot on a suspect’s head during an arrest.
The American-Statesman first reported the new allegations against Richter on Sunday.
Richter’s work has been under scrutiny since 2016, when the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV obtained a video showing his arrest of King.
Richter was seen on the video, which received national attention, forcibly removing her from the driver’s seat of her car, pulling her across a vacant parking space and hurling her to the ground.
Richter said in a report that he did not know whether King had a weapon and that she resisted by wrapping her hands around the steering wheel of her car.
His supervisors at the time gave him a reprimand, the lowest form of departmental discipline, but the department brass did not learn about the incident until a year later. By then, a deadline to issue more severe punishment had passed.
The department has since changed how such incidents are evaluated to ensure a proper review.