AUSTIN - After the video of an Austin man's arrest went viral -- causing Austin police to investigate responding officers' use of force -- an affidavit has revealed new details surrounding the case.
Video which shows part of the arrest was posted to Facebook, garnering more than 1 million views. The Austin Police Department is now investigating the arrest and some of the officer's attire.
According to the affidavit for the man at the center of the video, officers were patrolling the area of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) Dec. 12 to investigate narcotic-related crime in the area. At around 5:20 p.m., an under-cover officer noticed Jason Donald, 37, making brief contacts with people in the area. The officer suspected that he may be involved in dealing narcotics in the area.
The officer watched Donald as he slowly crossed the 900 block of Red River Street, causing several vehicle to abruptly stop to avoid striking him, the affidavit said. He had not used the designated pedestrian crosswalk, and allegedly noticed oncoming cars, but "did not seem to care," police said.
Police said Donald then walked into the Shell convenience store located at the service road of 900 North Interstate 35. That's where an officer placed Donald in handcuffs and escorted him out of the store for "Crossing at Point Other Than Crosswalk." While walking in the parking lot, police said Donald began walking in different directions and leaning backward and refusing to walk forward.
Police said that at some point, Donald removed his left wrist from the handcuffs and began turning and trying to break away "from the now three officers holding onto him," the affidavit said. All three officers lost their balance, causing them to fall to the sidewalk and pavement.
While on the ground, officers said Donald repeatedly reached toward his waistband, which caused them to fear that he was reaching for a weapon. Police said they responded by deploying their stunning device, striking him in the chest. Eventually officers were able to gain control of Donald and get him back in handcuffs.
After searching Donald, police said they found a large wad of folded cash in both front pockets, a white plastic package of synthetic marijuana and a bag of crack cocaine.
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