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Updated: Dec 24, 2023

In an incident reported by James Freeman, a routine traffic stop In New Braunfels, Texas, escalated into a controversial arrest. The incident began when Officer Patrick Acres of the New Braunfels Police Department pursued and pulled over Brittany Travino for failing to signal a lane change, an action he took after she allegedly gestured offensively towards him. The arrest, captured on video, shows Acres arresting Travino for the minor traffic violation, leading to questions about whether the officer was making a retaliatory arrest based on earlier interaction between Acres and Travino.


Acres admitted to his sergeant that he would typically just write a ticket for the infraction. Because Travino flipped him off, however, he decided to arrest her. The sergeant instructed Acres that he shouldn’t treat Travino differently than anyone else and ordered Acres to release her.


The interaction between Officer Acres and Travino was not their first. Their history dates back to June 2021, involving a previous encounter where Acres charged Travino with resisting arrest and possession of a hemp pipe. The resisting arrest charge was later. The recent traffic stop, occurring less than a month after the trial, raises concerns about potential retaliation and the use of police authority in personal disputes.

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