A Texas physician who says he’s been denied an appointment to see a family doctor because of his race is speaking out after being charged with filing a false police report.
In the course of a June 2016 incident, James Pritchett, who is black, was told by police that he was under arrest for allegedly assaulting a man, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday in Austin Municipal Court.
According to the affidavit, Pritchelts arrest report states that the incident occurred on June 2.
The next day, the officer wrote that he responded to an “unknown domestic disturbance” call at the address Pritchells parents live at in the city of Lake Charles, according a police report from the time.
In addition to the charge of filing a fraudulent police report, Preghett is facing three felony counts of criminal mischief.
The charges carry up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Police did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
Pritchets attorney, Paul Williams, told the Austin American-Statesman that he would not comment on the specifics of the charges against him.
But he said he is “extremely disappointed” that Pritcherts charges were filed.
Williams said he was approached by police in the days after the incident and that they told him Pritches parents had moved to Texas and had hired an attorney to represent him.
He said the officers told him to go get his son in an ambulance.
The Associated Press previously reported that Preghes son, who did not want to be identified by name, was in a coma after being injured in the incident.
Preghes attorney, Mike Saylor, told AP in a phone interview that his client has had an “extremely stressful time” in recent months because of the case.
Prites arrest report stated that he called 911 on June 3 and that he told a dispatcher that he “saw a man grab the front door and run away from the home,” according to the arrest affidavit.
He then asked for a dispatcher to call police, but she did not, according the affidavit.
The complaint states that Prites son was bleeding from the head.
Priezitt said in a statement that he had “never felt safer” and that “it was clear to me at the time I called 911 that he wasn’t the person I was looking for.”
He said he called his father and said “I need help.”
In a statement to the AP, the Austin Police Department said in the statement that Pries son had no prior criminal history and that Prysons actions were in accordance with department policies.
Prithets arrest was for an incident that occurred within the boundaries of his own residence, the statement said.
The officer who responded to the call did not have any knowledge of a previous domestic disturbance and no reason for believing that Priezits son had been involved in any previous domestic violence.
The police department said it has no other pending cases and that it has “zero tolerance” for misconduct.
In Texas, all law enforcement agencies must provide at least one black police officer on the force to handle an incident of domestic violence, according The Dallas Morning News.
The AP’s Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.