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Austin Police Accountability Activist Arrested On Copwatch, Again

Reporter: “How do you feel now?”

Antonio Buehler: “I’m just happy to get out. That’s a weird question because I just spent 18 hours in jail.”

Antonio Buehler, Austin-Texas-based police accountability activist, has been arrested for copwatching, again.

Buehler was arrested Saturday while filming the police with Peaceful Streets Project, a group he founded that frequently holds “copwatch” events, and spent about 18 hours in jail. According to a report published yesterday by KVUE Austin, police claimed, yet again, that filming the police somehow interferes with their duties:

An Austin police lieutenant said in a phone conversation Sunday that Buehler faces a misdemeanor charge for interfering with public duties. Later that day, police charged Buehler with resisting arrest after reviewing video filmed by an officer.

Buehler has repeatedly been arrested, alongside other members of his group, only to have the charges dropped time and again. In fact, his interest in police accountability stems from an arrest on New Years Eve, 2011, when a cop accused him of assault for filming a brutal arrest. Since his arrest, Buehler has won several court cases and, according to a February article on Photography Is Not A Crime, may be headed to the country’s highest court over a lawsuit he filed against the Austin Police Department:

After a whirlwind of legal battles in criminal and civil court, Peaceful Streets founder Antonio Buehler is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to take on the Austin Police Department. On Thursday, the last two of four charges from Austin police against Buehler were dropped by the Austin City Attorney’s Office.

But on Friday, Buehler’s ongoing civil suit against Austin PD was dismissed in a controversial decision. However, Buehler is “excited to appeal it.”

“We have waited three years for justice, and we are willing to wait even longer to expose APD for the crime they have covered up,” Buehler said in an interview with Photography is Not a Crime. “I hope that all of these trials will eventually allow us to make the Peaceful Streets Project a sustainable organization that is able to thrive without me.”

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.