A music producer and recording studio owner from Hollywood said he was thrown to the ground and arrested by Los Angeles Police Department officers in a case of mistaken identity, and said he thinks it happened because he’s Black.
“They pushed me up against this gate, boom!” Antone Austin showed NBC4’s I-Team during an interview at the arrest scene on Fountain Avenue.
He was stopped and grabbed by Hollywood Division patrol officers on May 24, 2019.
He didn’t know at the time that one of his neighbors had called 911 to report that an ex-boyfriend was back and she needed help. Her call disconnected before she provided a complete description of the ex.
Austin said he overheard the officers when they pulled up.
“And the one officer at one point says, ‘Is that the guy?’ And the other officer says, ‘Probably.’ And after he gets out of the car, the driver says, ‘Yeah, that’s the guy,'” Austin said.
It turns out the ex-boyfriend that was the subject of the emergency call is shorter than Austin.
“I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, man. I live here.’ And I turn around and I say, ‘Hey, man, I live here,'” Austin said, which is when he said officers used more force to push him into a garage door, then on to the sidewalk, where he said he was held down and handcuffed by more officers.
“I started yelling for help.”
Austin’s girlfriend Michelle Michlewicz said she ran to try to intervene, knowing that Austin wasn’t the subject of the police…