AUSTIN — The City of Austin and an elementary teacher whose case sparked national attention have reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit in which she claimed excessive force.
The amount of the settlement to Breaion King remains confidential until the Austin City Council votes on it, which is expected as early as next week.
In a notice to the judge handling the case, the city and King's attorneys asked that the case be removed from his docket.
"The parties have reached a settlement of this case, pending formal approval of the settlement by the Austin City Council," it said.
King's attorney, Erica Grigg, declined to comment Tuesday, citing the pending council vote.
In a statement, Council Member Greg Casar said the settlement "as well as a formal apology, are the very least the city can do ... If we want to create an Austin that is safe for everyone, and ensure justice for Ms. King and many more, then we as a city must commit ourselves to further reforms at our police department."
King was stopped for speeding along Riverside Drive in the summer of 2015. Former Officer Bryan Richter said she did not comply with his orders to get out of her car, and the confrontation between them quickly escalated.
The case led to reforms within the department and was the subject of an HBO documentary called "Traffic Stop" that was nominated for an academy award this year.