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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 05:24 AM

Protesters Allege Austin Police Dumped Quadruple Amputee Activist Whitney Mitchell Out of Her Wheel-

Protesters Allege Austin Police Dumped Quadruple Amputee Activist Whitney Mitchell Out of Her Wheelchair


Black Lives Matter activists are demanding that Interim Police Chief Joe Chacon discipline an Austin Police officer who they say dumped activist Whitney Mitchell, a quadruple amputee, out of her wheelchair and onto the street during a protest on March 29.

Video of the incident, posted on social media, shows Mitchell furiously struggling after police arrest her caretaker, Danielle Reichman, beside a parked police car on Congress Avenue. The officer, tentatively identified as Brian Yarger, begins pushing Mitchell toward the sidewalk. She drops onto her back in the wheelchair, unable to bring herself into a sitting position. Then, as the officer brings the chair to a stop, she falls out or is carried out by momentum. The officer leaves the wheelchair sitting in the street, seems to shrug, and returns to the police car.

Chacon told reporters on Tuesday that he’s seen the video: “I have seen the incident in question. I’ve spoken with the area Commander and we are doing a review of such types of incidents, use of force, response to the community, and how we handled it to ensure policies were followed.”

The episode occurred at the end of a five-hour march organized to protest the killings of Alex Gonzales Jr. (on Jan. 5) and Mike Ramos (last year) by Austin Police officers, and of the man Mitchell had planned to marry, Garrett Foster, last July by U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Perry. After visiting the Southeast Austin sites of the killings of Gonzales and Ramos, protesters marched Downtown to where Foster was gunned down by Perry. As they paused at Foster’s memorial at 4th and Congress, they momentarily left a banner reading “Justice for Garrett Foster” – precious to Mitchell – sitting in a large planter, meaning to retrieve it.

Read more: https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2021-04-02/protesters-allege-austin-police-dumped-quadruple-amputee-activist-whitney-mitchell-out-of-her-wheelchair/


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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 05:34 AM

1. He dumped her.

It is clear from the recording. He pushed the chair forward, on its front wheels, so that she would fall out.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 05:43 AM

2. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say what really gets me about this is...

that, yeah the cop is a pig, but the people yelling aiming phone cameras aren't doing shit to help her up and back in the chair.

The people who are helping her are too busy helping to run their mouths.

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