Officer in Breaion King case fired amid new force complaint


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.

For more details of the officers actions, as well as interviews with police union officials and the Austin leadership of the NAACP, visit MyStatesman.com



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