Austin Shuffield, 30, was charged with assault causing bodily injury, interference with an emergency call and public intoxication, the local news outlet learned from an arrest warrant. He was booked into the Dallas County Jail on Thursday night and was released around 2 a.m. Friday after posting $2,000 bail.
According to the warrant, a 24-year-old woman was driving the wrong way down a street and stopped her vehicle. The woman claims Shuffield approached her car and asked her to move because she was blocking a parking lot exit.
A physical altercation began after Shuffield approached the
woman’s car to take a picture of her license plates. The woman attempted to
call 911 when Shuffield allegedly slapped the phone out of her hand, the report
Shuffield claimed to be acting in self-defense accusing the
woman of hitting him, threatening to pepper-spray him and breaking the back
windshield of his pickup truck. Officials reportedly smelled alcohol while
speaking to him.
An eyewitness told police the woman only hit Shuffield after he slapped her cellphone. In addition, the witness said Shuffield hit the woman with a closed fist several times.
Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney hired by the unidentified woman, said Shuffield should face felony assault and hate-crime charges because he used racist language prior to the assault, reports the news outlet.
“Our office is speaking with the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s office to ensure all appropriate charges are pursued including felony assault, firearm and hate crime related charges,” Merritt said.
A video obtained by various news outlets shows a man hold what appears to be gun as he talks to the woman. The man knocks the phone out of her hand, and she hits him in the face. The man is then seen punching the woman at least five times in what appears to be her face or upper body.
Dallas News claims a video shown to the police by a witness led to them arresting Shuffield.
Shuffield, who worked at the High and Tight Barbershop as a bartender, was fired from his job after reports of the incident went viral. The bar’s owner confirmed his termination with Fox 4 News.
“We have finally [spoken] with police representatives and have terminated this employee,” High and Tight said Thursday on Facebook. “We do not stand behind the actions that took place and hope that the full weight of the law comes down on this incident.”
According to DFW Local, Merritt said the woman is recovering from post-concussion syndrome and cranial swelling.
more recommended stories
Spiritually Speaking: Free at Last. Claim It.
By James Washington, The Dallas.
Thousands of Police Officers Implicated in Slew of Racist Facebook Posts
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia.
Rep. Waters Works with Colleagues to Stop Political Violence in Haiti
By NNPA Newswire After returning from a.
Raven-Symone Plans on Motherhood, Her Degree & Directing TV
By Allison Kugel, Special to the.
Catholic Bishops OK Anti-Abuse Steps, But Skeptics Seek Tougher Moves
By David Crary and Regina Garcia.
1st Black Priest in US, Ex-Slave, Positioned for Sainthood
By JOHN O’CONNOR Associated Press SPRINGFIELD,.
Grill, Eat, Chill, Repeat | Afro
By AFRO Staff To.
Island of Kauai Dotted Golf Courses
By JOHN MARSHALL LIHUE,.
Memphis Police Appeal For Calm After Marshals Kill Black Man
By Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press Police.
Baltimore HonFest | Afro
By Brittney Johnson, AFRO Intern The crowning.