Buehler Arrested

Cop-watch activist releases video of his arrest

Police accountability activist Antonio Buehler was arrested for interfering with public duties and resisting arrest early Sunday morning while filming police activity Downtown on Sixth Street. He was booked into the Travis County Jail shortly after 3am Sunday and remained there until after 7pm, when the Chronicle spoke with his attorney, Millie Thompson, who said she was on her way Downtown to bail him out. According to Thompson, APD was in no rush to file a probable cause affidavit (officers have 48 hours after making an arrest to file the affidavit), and were instead willing to let Buehler spend Sunday in jail.

Not surprisingly, the stories being told by APD and the Peaceful Streets Project, the cop-watch organization Buehler co-founded, are quite different. An affidavit issued by APD Officer Al Joe Garibay details a series of events in which Buehler and his cohorts obstructed police reaction to a "disturbance" and repeatedly went out of their way to interfere with officer activity. However, video (PSP produced six different YouTube videos detailing events leading up to and through Buehler's arrest) indicates that the 38-year-old didn't move much at all, and that both parties may have gone into the interaction with a certain degree of prejudice.

Thompson wrote in an email Sunday morning that the arrest was "retaliation" against Buehler, who since his well-documented NYE arrest in 2012 has been a vocal nemesis of APD and its officers. He was arrested three times that year – either for interfering with public duties or disobeying a lawful order – though each case has either been dismissed or decided in Buehler's favor.

READ MORE
More Antonio Buehler
Buehler's Case Dismissed
Buehler's Case Dismissed
One charge down; more cases to come

Chase Hoffberger, Jan. 9, 2015

Buehler Acquitted
Buehler Acquitted
"Peaceful Streets" founder wins another legal battle

Chase Hoffberger, Oct. 31, 2014

More APD
APD's Lone Female Assistant Chief Retires
APD's Lone Female Assistant Chief Retires
Jessica Robledo was the only woman at the executive level during her tenure

Chase Hoffberger, Sept. 2, 2016

Ott Takes on Acevedo
Ott Takes on Acevedo
City manager reprimands police chief for comments

Chase Hoffberger, April 29, 2016

More by Chase Hoffberger
The Texas Hammer
The Texas Hammer
Life under attack by our state government

March 17, 2017

South Austin Vigilante Killer Sentenced
South Austin Vigilante Killer Sentenced
Joseph Mobley gets five years for manslaughter

March 10, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Antonio Buehler, APD, cop-watch, Al Joe Garibay, Peaceful Streets Project, Millie Thompson

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)