Manley Fires Bryan Richter

Cop known for Breaion King arrest canned for dishonesty, use of force

Manley Fires Bryan Richter

On Monday during a press conference in which he laid out the department’s new de-escalation policy, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley also announced the indefinite suspensions of two officers accused of using excessive force. One of those officers, Bryan Richter, is well known as the officer no-billed for the violent arrest of Breaion King in 2015.

The other individual was Steven McCurley, a detective who’d been with the department since 2000. According to city memos, the two were working a narcotics-related arrest last July that ultimately came to an end in the Barton Creek Mall parking lot.

It wasn’t until the next day, however, that it became clear to Richter’s sergeant that he applied use of force during the arrest. And it wasn’t until after his story had changed during a second recounting of the arrest that day, and after his sergeant received helicopter video footage of the arrest (obtained by Richter at his sergeant’s request) that he learned that McCurley also applied use of force, “kicking the subject multiple times.” A video timeline of the arrest indicates that after Richter took the subject to the ground, McCurley continued to kick him while Richter lowered his foot on the subject’s head. Manley wrote that the video shows Richter taking “a stutter step that made his left foot completely leave the ground while his right foot was still on the subject’s head.”

The two were found in violation of the department’s administrative policies for determining objective reasonable force, reporting guidelines, and honesty. Both have a right to an appeal. The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) has already indicated that they will. Manley said at the Monday presser that he could not comment on specifics because the case is still being reviewed by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

We’ll have more on the firings and APD’s new de-escalation policy in this week’s issue.

Got something to say on the subject? Send a letter to the editor.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Bryan Richter
Bryan Richter No-Billed
Bryan Richter No-Billed
APD officer won't face criminal charges for Breaion King arrest

Chase Hoffberger, Nov. 10, 2016

More by Nina Hernandez
Indoor Skydiving Lets You Train Your Dragon in Virtual Reality
Indoor Skydiving Lets You Train Your Dragon in Virtual Reality
Taking to the skies with iFly's latest immersive VR

March 27, 2019

New Study Changes City Council's View of Flood Risk
New Study Changes City Council's View of Flood Risk
Puzzling over a variance on Avenue D, and spending the first of the 2018 bond funds

March 15, 2019


Bryan Richter, Brian Manley

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle