A man blamed for pushing an Austin, Texas, park officer into the water while the officer was disclosing to a group the requirement for social removing is humiliated by his activities, his legal advisor said.
A video that picked up consideration after it was posted via web-based networking media incorporates the second a youngster drives the officer into a lake at Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park last Thursday evening.
Brandon Hicks, 25, faces a charge of endeavored ambush on a local official, a state prison lawful offense, said the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
As indicated by a capture sworn statement, officer Cassidy Stillwell was conversing with a horde of individuals, portrayed as “unlawfully drinking and smoking,” on a dock close to Lake Austin. It’s muddled from the sworn statement whether Hicks was a piece of that gathering referenced in the testimony.
In the midst of the cross talk in the video, Stillwell is heard advising the group on the dock to “scatter yourselves” in the green territory close by in light of the fact that they were not keeping up the physical separation of six feet. Some react with “Will do” and “I got you, man.”
The officer’s directions are hindered when the man drives him into the shallow, dim water. The officer clutches the man’s arm and pulls him in, the video appears. The man, clad in a bathing suit, scrambles out of the water and surges away.
Lawyer Mark Hull told CNN in an announcement Monday he anticipates disclosing to Hicks’ side of the story.
“He is humiliated about his activities and has the most extreme regard for law requirement, especially during these exceptional occasions,” Hull said.
An observer who shot the video said that park guests were nearer to one another than they ought to have been.
“(The officer) was simply distinguishing us to spread to stay away and actually was by and large excessively sensible and understanding,” said the observer, who would not like to be named.
The official who presented the oath said the officer could have struck his head on the dock as he was falling, “and render himself oblivious in at any rate 3 feet of water where he could have suffocated to death.”
Kimberly McNeeley, executive of parks and diversion for Austin, said open help is fundamental for representatives to address the difficulties of the pandemic.
“We ask that the open treat officers with a similar regard they wish to be appeared to themselves,” she said in an announcement.
Frame says his customer is out on $7,500 bond and his next court date is June 19. He said it was too soon for the situation to decide how Hicks will request. An individual saw as blameworthy of a state prison crime faces a sentence of 180 days to two years.
CNN connected Monday to the Travis County head prosecutor yet not get a prompt answer.
Because of the occurrence, officers have been advised to move toward bunches in groups of two, said city parks correspondences and commitment supervisor John Nixon.