Outspoken APD critic won’t serve on Public Safety Commission

Antonio Buehler (KXAN Photo)
Antonio Buehler (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council members have decided to not allow an outspoken critic of the Austin Police Department to serve on the city’s Public Safety Commission.

Antonio Buehler does not live in Austin. Council members decided not to allow him an exemption, letting him serve on a city committee without living in city limits. He leads the Peaceful Streets Project — pushing for more police accountability. Buehler is known for controversial images he took after feeling Austin police officers were too aggressive toward a woman under arrest.

The Austin Police Association argued he should not be approved.

“This Council’s been asked to consider an appointment to the Public Safety Commission for a person that doesn’t even believe there should be a police department to protect the weakest amongst us,” said Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday. “We oppose this nomination because the nominee’s own words and actions show that he is unfit to serve in this capacity.”

Casaday points to a Facebook post where Buehler calls Austin police officers “domestic terrorists.” Buehler said he wanted to hold police officers accountable for their actions.

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