Traffic Stop: Hobby School Sponsors Screenings in Houston, Austin

Documentary Looks at Police Stop, Arrest of Austin Teacher

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The screening and panel discussion in both Houston and Austin are free and open to the public. Photo: Pexels

It has been more than three years since African-American schoolteacher Breaion King was stopped for a routine traffic violation in Austin. But the ensuing struggle and arrest remains topical and will serve as the focal point for a documentary film screening and discussions set for next week.

“Traffic Stop,” a 31-minute documentary originally aired on HBO, will be screened in both Houston and Austin, followed by a panel discussion featuring Breaion King, the teacher involved, and filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. Davis and Heilbroner also produced “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.”

The “Traffic Stop” screenings and discussion are sponsored by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, which also will sponsor a screening of “Say Her Name” later this spring.

The documentary juxtaposes dashcam footage with scenes from King’s life, offering insight into her arrest and a conversation King and a police officer held about race and law enforcement as he escorted her to jail.


WHAT:                         Screening of “Traffic Stop,” followed by a panel discussion featuring Breaion King and

                                        filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner                  

IN HOUSTON:            Doors open 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Screening begins at 7 p.m.

                                        Screening is at Emancipation Cultural Center, 3018 Emancipation Avenue,

                                        Houston, TX Free parking on northeast side of Emancipation Park, just across Tuam Street. 

IN AUSTIN:                 Doors open 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Screening begins at 6 p.m.

                                        Screening is at Capital Extension Auditorium, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

MEDIA CONTACT:     Houston, Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778,

                                         Austin, Cara Gustafson, 512-463-0524,