Affidavit reveals details of local activist's arrest

AUSTIN -- Newly released court paperwork reveals two very different accounts of what was behind Antonio Buehler's arrest early Sunday morning.

The founder of the self-proclaimed cop watcher group the Peaceful Streets Project said he wasn't doing anything wrong and that the police are the true criminals.

The arrest affidavit written by the arresting officer, however, clams that Buehler's presence delayed response time and added to pedestrian traffic on the already packed Sixth Street. The officer said the problem started with a fight outside Burnside's bar. As officers responded, the affidavit states that Buehler's group got in the way, "blocking my path."

The officer said Buehler was threatening his safety and holding his recording device just inches from another officer's face. When police asked him to step back, he did, but then extended his arm "attempting to distract and engage in conversation."

The officer said that's when he took Buehler down to the ground and struggled to put him into handcuffs. Buehler faces a charge of interfering with public duties and resisting arrest.

"I think that any reasonable, objective or semi-intelligent person can see I didn't resist arrest; it's just [the] Austin Police Department's pathetic attempt to try and layer on charges," Buehler said. "We're not a very civilized society. We still believe that we have to give police the right to violate and abuse people in order to keep order, and we need to evolve beyond that."

Buehler said he spent 18 hours in jail. He told KVUE crews late Sunday night that his group wasn't filming a fight as police claim, but that he was filming a conversation between a man and police after authorities told the man he wasn't allowed to preach on the street. Buehler said it was a non-violent event until the officers showed up.

This is not Buehler's first run-in with police in this kind of situation. He claims he's been arrested five times and charged with 10 crimes since 2012. He said the last charge was just recently dropped.


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