Recently, video of an arrest made on Sixth Street in Austin involving an alleged jaywalker made national news when it appeared to be showing an officer hitting and kneeing a man.
According to ABC News, video of the incident shows one Austin Police Department officer telling a man to “be still,” with the man responding “OK. I’m down bro.” After the exchange, another officer appears to punch the man’s right arm, forcing it behind his back, while taking several other swings at him.
Officers in the video are also shown forcibly arresting another man and woman who were questioning the actions of the officials arresting the man who was being struck. In a statement, APD said that it was going to “review the incident to determine what led up to the events captured in the video and whether the officer’s actions were in compliance with department policy.”
The suspects who were arrested were reportedly charged with jaywalking, with one man being charged additionally with resisting arrest. The suspects were in Austin to attend a music festival and were looking for an Uber car downtown when the incident occurred. The arrests took place on November 6.
How You Can Fight a Wrongful Arrest in Texas
As this incident shows, confrontations with police officers can escalate quickly, leading to forceful arrests if you have been accused of a crime that you did not commit. Additionally, it shows that if you are in public when an altercation takes place, you could face charges even if you are not involved in the dispute that initiated an altercation, as arrests are often made in groups.
Often, it can be hard to determine if a person has been subjected to a wrongful arrest or an official used excessive force while apprehending a suspect. If you are in the process of being arrested and booked by a law enforcement agency, you should listen to all orders and provide no statements to officials, which can be used against you later.
The only time you should make statements during the booking or investigative process is if you are talking independently to your criminal defense attorney. He or she should be able to help determine if your arrest was lawful and potentially assist you in disputing charges.