When people walked out of jail Thursday morning they were greeted by volunteers with the Peaceful Streets Project. The grassroots group works to educate the public about their civil rights.
Two volunteers set up outside the Travis County Justice Complex a little before 3:00 a.m. After two hours, Joshua Pineda says they had reached out to 8 people leaving jail. The table he sat at had water, food and cell phones.
"This way we can interview them and get their story out there and get them in touch with civil rights attorneys," explained Pineda, if that is needed.
Pineda is part of the group founded by Antonio Buehler who claims he was a victim of police brutality following an incident on New Year's Day. Buehler started taking photos of what he says was two officers being rough with a woman during a DWI stop. One of the officers told Buehler he was interfering and according to police he spit in an officer's face. Buehler says that did not happen and knows the video shot by a witness will prove otherwise.
An internal APD investigation found the officers were not in the wrong.
Buehler has been charged with a felony and misdemeanor and while he waits for trial he is trying to spread the word. While he didn't make it to the morning complaint department, other volunteers with the group did. It's the first time the group set up during the overnight hours.
"This is for the community and what is best for the community and that's no brutality or civil rights violations. We've had many stories but we want to hear nothing happened," explained Pineda.
The project plans to hand out 100 cameras to citizens at a summit on Saturday to document police interaction.