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Antonio Buehler is a veteran who fought for justice both abroad and at home. Fighting for the former made him a hero. Fighting for the latter has destroyed his life.

Antonio Buehler is a 34-year-old Iraqi War veteran who risked his life for those ideals. He is a West Point graduate. Today he faces 10 years behind bars for standing up for them at home. His crime?Photographing two police officers, who he felt were mistreating a young woman being arrested on New Year’s eve, for suspicion of DUI. The two officers of the Austin Police Department arrested Buehler and he’s been charged with harassment of a public servant, a felony that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Buehler’s crime?
“I saw a woman getting assaulted by the police. It looked like police abuse, and I decided to speak up and take pictures. I think that is every person’s right,”
The police claim that Buehler shoved and spat at the arresting officers. However, eyewitness accounts and a Youtube video show evidence to the contrary
both eyewitness and video evidence to the contrary. There is a YouTube video, that while admittedly overproduced, effectively disproves the claims made in the official report.

In short:

These cops assaulted a woman who had committed no crime, and then levied three false charges against her. Antonio Buehler committed no crime, and that they then levied two false charges against him, one being a felony that carries a sentence of 2-10 years in prison that this cop deliberately lied in his affidavit to destroy Antonio Buehler life for not kissing his ass.
A petition to help Buehler can be found in the above link.

Originally posted to Shawn on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Police Accountability Group.

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