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Peaceful Streets Project to film activity downtown

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The founder of a project to video police is calling on supporters to get out their cameras and head to downtown Thursday night.

Antonio Buehler held a press conference this morning at APD. He was put in jail on Sunday for interfering with police while getting video of an arrest. He claims he was within his rights.

Earlier this year, he distributed 100 cameras to citizens to record officers as part of what he calls his "Peaceful Streets Project."

He called upon his followers to meet in downtown Austin Thursday night at 10:30, armed with their cameras.

The group's website says they will not be intimidated by APD's bully tactics and intimidation.

"We are a peaceful organization that is trying to bear witness to actions between the police and the people so that if something goes wrong, any violence, illegal activity, or misbehavior it is documented," said Buehler.

"What these individuals are attempting to do is not just filming the police, but they're trying to provoke the police so they can have something they can give to the media," said Austin Police Association President Wayne Vincent.

APD is working on guidelines for officers regarding a safe distance for people with the cameras to stand. The commander over the downtown area suggested 50 feet. But he added that each incident is unique.

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