War veteran and activist Antonio Buehler spent part of Sunday morning in jail after he was arrested for interfering with police officers while they were making a separate arrest. Buehler was recording the arrest at Sixth Street and Red River with his video camera at around 3 a.m.
The officers determined that Buehler was interfering and put him in handcuffs. He was released from jail Sunday afternoon and was met by supporters from his Peaceful Streets Project and TV news cameras.
Buehler is facing charges for resisting arrest and harassing a public servant stemming from a controversial New Year’s Eve DWI arrest. He had the run-in with officers after witnessing two women being arrested for DWI. Cops say Buehler interfered with the arrest. Buehler claims he was protecting the women who were being physically abused by the officers. Buehler and others photographed and recorded video of the arrest. Police have not released the dash cam video of the event.
Since his New Year’s Eve arrest, Buehler has become an outspoken activist and critic of the Austin Police Department. He spends his weekends recording video of Austin police officers making arrests. In late July he had another combative run-in with officers while recording an arrest.
Here is the video: