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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A black Texas teacher is suing the state’s capital after a white officer threw her to the ground during a traffic stop. Another officer told her blacks have “violent tendencies” as she rode in the police cruiser.
Breaion King filed suit against the city of Austin in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. She’s seeking damages that “most probably” exceed $1 million.
King was arrested after being stopped for speeding last summer. Her case garnered national attention after patrol car video was released in July.
Police Chief Art Acevedo publicly apologized, and launched departmental investigations that remain ongoing.
But King’s attorney, Erica Grigg, said that when King subsequently contacted city leaders to have larger discussions about her arrest, she got little response.
Grigg said King “wants justice and doesn’t want something like this” happening to others.
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