The Austin Police Department has another lawsuit on their hands. Two of the people involved in a Sixth Street tussle back in November are suing the officers they say physically assaulted them during a jaywalking arrest.
A trip to Austin to Fun Fun Fun Fest in November turned into this for Lourdes Glen and her friend Jeremy King.
“We were coming into this city to have an enjoyable evening and enjoyable weekend. Now we are scared to even come into this city,” Glen said.
Police say the group jaywalked across a barricaded area. The lawsuit claims the officers charged after the group and arrested King shown here on the ground.
“I said, ‘may we cross yes or no’? They stood around and didn't say anything. Mid-street is when they wanted to bring attention to us,” Glen said.
You can hear officers telling the group not to resist. The video shows glen yelling at the officers in the heat of the moment. She claims they violated her free speech rights by arresting her.
King says he sustained minor injuries during the arrest.
“My fear was that my life was in danger honestly, and hearing my friend scream I honestly feared for his life,” King said.
Glen and King's attorney Brian McGiverin say the officers targeted the two.
“It was unreasonable, it was racist, and it was unconstitutional,” he said.
“For him to be in a car with handcuffs, I can't imagine what he felt like,” Edwina Lewis, King’s grandmother, said.
McGiverin says money is not the motive in this case, but they do want accountability. King's grandmother and mother stand behind him.
“I know colored bathrooms and I know white bathrooms. I know colored water and I know white water. When I moved to Texas in1976 never did I imagine that my grandchild would go through what he went through,” Lewis-King said.
Those officers are still on their jobs. Both King and Glen were booked into jail but they were released the next morning. Glen still has a jaywalking charge on her record.