In the wrong place at the wrong time, 52-year-old Pete Hernandez was tackled by police in South Austin June, 7, 2012.
Hernandez has now been awarded $877,000 in a lawsuit after police wrongly restrained him for walking past an SUV reported stolen in a Walmart parking lot.
His attorney Robert Ranco said, “He did not do anything more than walk past the vehicle that had been stolen. He did not touch it, he did not move towards it, he just walked past it.”
The whole incident was captured on Austin police dash car cameras, which show officers drawing guns at Hernandez who walked next to the vehicle. He was then forced onto the ground with his face down, while his roommate tried to explain to police they had the wrong guy.