A man shot by Austin police during a traffic stop earlier this year is taking legal action against the city.
The man, 53-year-old James Barton, will be joined by Jim Harrington with the Texas Civil Rights Project at a press conference where he will tell his story.
Barton was stopped by an Austin police officer on May 8 after the officer said Barton ran a red light. Barton stepped out of his red truck and began walking towards the officer.
Police say Barton disobeyed the officer’s orders to get back into his truck and the officer fired one shot at Barton, missing him.
The man returned to his truck and suffered an anxiety attack, according Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told media at a press conference after the shooting. He was taken to an area hospital.