Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Austin

Austin: Where Crossing the Street Can Get You Cuffed and Detained

The above video shows Austin Police arresting jogger Amand Jo Stephen for jaywalking. It has been viewed more than 350,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube last Thursday.

A 25-year-old jogger was arrested in an Austin Police sting on jaywalkers. Image: KXAN Austin
25-year-old jogger Amanda Jo Stephen was arrested in an Austin Police sting on jaywalkers. Image: KXAN Austin
A 25-year-old jogger was arrested in an Austin Police sting on jaywalkers. Image: KXAN Austin

Stephen, 25, was arrested after she failed to produce identification, police say. She was handcuffed and pushed into a police car screaming, "I didn’t do anything wrong."

The incident is raising questions about the Austin police's ongoing pedestrian "sting." A local news station reported Friday that the crackdown was planned to continue for weeks, despite the outcry over Stephen's treatment.

"As a student and a mother, I feel like there are a lot of other issues in West Campus the police could be dealing with as opposed to jaywalking," local Allie Westbrook told the news station.

Austin police chief Art Acevedo scored another PR coup by saying that Stephen's treatment was no big deal because, unlike in other cities, his cops don't sexually assault detainees.

Meanwhile, police in other cities are taking a more productive approach to traffic enforcement. Miami cops recently conducted an operation in which they handed out 73 summonses to drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at a single intersection.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Monday’s Headlines Bring Another Setback

The Biden administration's new rule requiring states to report their greenhouse gas emissions from transportation was dealt another blow when the Senate voted to repeal it.

April 15, 2024

‘The Bike Is the Cure’: Meet New Congressional Bike Caucus Chair Mike Thompson

Meet the incoming co-chair of the congressional bike caucus — and learn more about how he's getting other legislators riding.

April 15, 2024

Calif. High-Speed Rail Takes a Step Towards Acquiring Trains

The contract calls for two prototype trainsets for testing to be delivered by 2028, and four trainsets to be used on the "early operating segment" between Merced and Bakersfield, ready between 2030 and 2033.

April 12, 2024

Friday’s Headlines Are Still Unsafe

Traffic deaths are declining for those ensconced in thousands of pounds of steel. For the rest of us, not so much.

April 12, 2024

Measure HLA Is Now Officially Law for L.A. City

Check the city maps to find what bus, bike, and walk improvements are coming to streets in your neighborhood.

April 12, 2024
See all posts