Protests over alleged police brutality continue

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 4:45 AM

AUSTIN -- Many people joined an Austin man's cause Thursday outside the Travis County Justice Complex. They were protesting what they call "police brutality" by the Austin Police Department.

Protesters are upset over cell phone video of a woman being arrested. Antonio Buehler recorded the arrest on New Year's Day from across the street. He claims police were being too rough on the woman so he stood up for her. He says officers then arrested him.

Protesters are calling on Austin police to release dashboard video from the arrests. Buehler says police accused him of spitting on an officer. He denies any wrongdoing.

"I didn't spit on the officer. I didn't react in the video. They need to release it so we can see the truth. The police are lying," Buehler said.

"The dashcam is being held because of the on-going criminal investigation," said APD spokesperson Anthony Hipolito. "We don't want that to come out, taint any potential juror, to make sure everybody gets a fair trial." 

Buehler is charged with resisting arrest and felony harassment of a public official. His complaint is currently under review.

The woman the video is charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and failure to obey a police order.
 

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