A member of the controversial Peaceful Streets Project was arrested over the weekend while filming Austin police officers on 6th Street.
Kenneth Holmes, 49, has been charged with interference with public duties after police said he “got in a space officers needed” as they attempted to break up two fights.
Arrest affidavits state Holmes, who was recording the incidents, was told repeatedly to stand back by officers, but that he “violated their order.”
“The Austin Police Department has repeatedly retaliated against those who exercise their First Amendment rights by attempting to charge them with either interference or failure to obey,” Holmes attorney told KVUE. “No such charge leveled in the past four years has ever resulted in a conviction.”
In April, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo criticized the organization for some of its social media posts following the shooting of an Austin Police officer.
Peaceful Streets Project’s website says they aim to be an “all-volunteer, grassroots effort uniting people to end the institutional violence taking place on our streets and in our society.”