ANSBACH, Germany (AP) — Bavaria’s top security official says police found violent videos, bomb-making material at Ansbach attacker’s home.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Patrol car video publicly released Thursday shows a white Austin, Texas, police officer violently throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop, followed by another white officer telling her black people have “violent tendencies” and whites are justifiably afraid.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo condemned both officers’ actions. He called the officer’s comments on the video “disturbing” and said a criminal investigation has been opened against the officer who arrested Breaion King.
The traffic stop happened in June 2015 but was not made public until the Austin American-Statesman published the video Thursday. Acevedo called a news conference hours later and said both officers have been taken off street patrol and are on desk duty pending new internal investigations, which he said will include both officers’ conduct in the year since the incident.
The video is surfacing amid heightened nationwide tension over police treatment of black people.
“For those that think life is perfect for people of color, I want you to listen to that conversation and tell me we don’t have social issues in this nation,” said Acevedo, who is Hispanic. “Issues of bias. Issues of racism. Issues of people being looked at different because of their color.”
In one of two videos, Officer Patrick Spradlin is heard talking to King, who was pulled over for speeding, about race while driving her to jail.
“Why are so many people afraid of black people?” Spradlin asks.
King replies that she is also trying to figure that out.
“I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way,” he said. “Violent tendencies.”
Spradlin goes on to say that “I don’t blame” white people for being afraid because of violence in the black community. “Some of them, because of their appearance and whatnot, some of them are very intimidating,” he says.
The newspaper identified King as an elementary school teacher. Her attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Acevedo said that King did not file a complaint after the arrest and that he did not know about the traffic stop until this week, saying his subordinates should have previously alerted him to the video.
King told the newspaper the encounter changed how she views police. Acevedo said she was pulled over for driving 15 mph over the speed limit when Officer Bryan Richter ordered her out of the car. The video shows him nearly throwing her into an adjacent truck while trying to place her under arrest in a Wendy’s parking lot.
“I’ve become fearful to live my life,” King told the newspaper. “I would rather stay home. I’ve become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me.”
Richter can be heard in the video ordering King to “stop resisting” as he orders her out of the car. The angle of the video doesn’t fully show King while she is inside the car.
Richter orders King to put her hands behind her back while the two struggle on the ground.
Richter has been a police officer since 2010 and Spradlin since 2001, according to Austin police. Listed phone numbers for the officers could not immediately be found.
Acevedo said he reviewed the video Wednesday with black community leaders for nearly 3 ½ hours. He said they included Fatima Mann, an activist with the Austin Justice Coalition, who told reporters outside the police station that she didn’t understand how no one in the department had previously raised concerns about the video.
“If that was a white woman, would he have yanked her out … and slammed her on the ground? Most of us could say absolutely not,” Mann said. “But for reason, for some strange reason, when people look like me, we’re more of a threat, and that means we get treated and thrown around as if we don’t matter.”
The Austin police union said in a statement that it understands the public’s reaction to Richter’s response and that Spradlin’s comments were “wrong and not reflective of the values and beliefs of the men and women who serve this community.”
Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report.
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Video footage from Turkey’s failed coup shows a pro-government protester ducking down between the tracks of a speeding tank that passes over him. Remarkably, the man emerges unscathed and then the same thing happens with a second tank — except this time, he suffers an arm injury as the military vehicle roars above him.
Turkish media identified the protester as Sabri Unal, a civilian who is seen in closed-circuit TV footage trying to block tanks in Istanbul during the July 15 insurrection. When they don’t stop, he dives down as they drive over him. After the second tank departs, people rush to help the injured man.
The scene bears some similarity to images of a man who blocked tanks during China’s 1989 crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama’s “Carpool Karaoke” joyride with James Corden will air Wednesday on the late-night host’s CBS show.
The first lady and Corden sing “This Is For My Girls,” described as a “girl power anthem” intended to promote full access to education worldwide.
The song was written by Grammy-winner Diane Warren and includes artists Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele and Zendaya.
It was produced by AOL’s Makers, a women’s leadership platform. A teaser clip for Obama’s taped appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” was to be posted Monday night at www.makers.com/thisisformygirls.
AOL wasn’t letting on whether any of the pop stars who recorded “This Is For My Girls” will join Obama and Corden in the “Carpool Karaoke” video, which was taped last month in Washington. The song was released in March after the first lady spoke at the South by Southwest festival in Texas.
The tune benefits Let Girls Learn, an initiative launched last year by the first lady and President Barack Obama to address the barriers that keep more than 62 million girls around the world out of school.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has sentenced five ethnic Albanians to jail terms for plans to prepare an Islamic State video.
A Pristina court sentenced them Monday from four to 13 years in prison.
The verdict said the five, who were arrested last year, aimed at “frightening the population, destabilizing and destroying fundamental political, constitutional, economic and social state structures … by preparing terrorist penal acts.”
They wanted to prepare an internet video with the IS logo to show that the group has a presence in Kosovo. A sixth person is at large.
Authorities say that about 70 Kosovo citizens are believed to still be active fighters in Syria and Iraq, though they say that no Kosovo Albanian joined any Islamic extremist group in the two countries last year.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge who has been a target of criticism from Donald Trump is taking time to decide whether to release videos of the Republican presidential candidate testifying in a civil lawsuit.
Trump’s attorneys worry the images will be used to tarnish his campaign. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said Wednesday during a hearing in San Diego that he will focus on whether there is “good cause” to protect the material over the public’s right to evaluate the videotaped deposition by Trump regarding the fraud allegations against now-defunct Trump University.
Curiel pressed Trump’s attorney during the hour-long hearing to specify what harm the videos might cause. Wednesday was the first time Curiel faced Trump’s attorneys since the judge permitted the release of unrelated documents in a class-action lawsuit alleging fraud, a move that led Trump to intensify his unusual attacks on the judge that included mention of his Mexican heritage.
Curiel asked Trump’s lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to explain how the potential harm overrides the public’s right to evaluate a presidential candidate and potential future “leader of the free world?”
Petrocelli answered: “The court’s duty is not to facilitate public elections. The court’s duty is to facilitate a fair trial.”
The lawsuits allege that Trump University, which wasn’t accredited as a school, gave seminars and classes across the country that were like infomercials, constantly pressuring students to spend up to $35,000 for mentorships and, in the end, failing on its promise to teach success in real estate.
News organizations want full transcripts and video of Trump testifying at an all-day deposition Dec. 10 at his New York office and for three hours on Jan. 21 in a Las Vegas law office. Nearly all transcripts have been released.
Petrocelli told Curiel that he has no problem with unsealing the remaining transcripts, but the video clips would be used in campaign attack ads and elsewhere, tainting the jury pool.
“They would be subjected to massive — perhaps unprecedented — public dissemination,” Petrocelli told the court.
He pointed out another judge in a lawsuit involving Hillary Clinton’s email practices allowed the release of deposition transcripts, but no video.
News organizations argue that the public has a right to the complete record, given how Trump has touted his business acumen. Dan Laidman, the lawyer representing the news organizations, said the clips would enhance the accuracy of reporting on the case.
Lawyers representing Trump University’s former customers say the videos present “a more complete picture” than the transcripts.
Trump can be seen in them explaining his blog posts in 2008 that Bill Clinton was a great president and Hillary Clinton would make a great president or vice president. Of his praise for Hillary Clinton, he said: “I didn’t give it a lot of thought, because I was in business.”
Curiel did not say when he will issue his ruling.
An adverse ruling for Trump may test his pledge in early June to avoid talking about the judge. Trump’s earlier remarks on the judge’s ethnicity drew criticism from Republican leaders.