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Texas Cop Caught On Video Harassing Homeless Woman In Wheelchair (Video)

| by Michael Allen

In Austin, Texas, Police Officer Mark Lytle was caught on a police dash-cam video harassing a homeless woman in a wheelchair.

The dash-cam video (below) from the incident, which occurred on Dec. 18, 2014, was recently released.

Lytle confronted the woman for living under an overpass.

"I don’t give a s***, I want you to get, I want you to get this stuff out of here," Lytle said, noted KVUE.

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Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo released a June 15 memo that claimed Lytle was enforcing the city’s camping ordinance, noted KXAN.

The Austin Chronicle reported in 2000, "The city ordinance that prohibited camping in the public right-of-way, which sparked protests from Austin's homeless, was amended Thursday. Wording that barred 'sleeping, or making preparations to sleep, including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping,' was removed from the ordinance after Travis County Judge Jim Coronado ruled in May that the wording was too vague to be enforceable. Under the no-camping ordinance, violators were fined $250 or given a two-day jail sentence."

Lytle was also caught on video joking with another officer in 2014 about how police cannot un-rape a female victim of sexual assault.

For the incident with the homeless woman, Lytle was placed on a 10-day unpaid suspension and reassigned to a homeless shelter.

Sources: KXAN, KVUE, The Austin Chronicle
Image Credit: KXAN Screenshot