Official complaint and discipline documents

As part of our mission, the Office of Police Oversight publishes official documents related to the complaint investigation process and disciplinary decisions made by the Austin Police Department.

October 11, 2019

Demotion of Sergeant Okkyun Sin

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Sergeant Okkyun Sin's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and demoted him two ranks, to police officer, effectively immediately. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Sergeant Sin violated Civil Service Rules by neglecting and shirking his duty during a domestic violence incident.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Sergeant Sin (PDF 646.66KB)
October 8, 2019

Temporary suspension of Detective Douglas Drake

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Detective Douglas Drake's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for forty-five days, effective October 9, 2019 and continuing through November 22, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Detective Drake violated Civil Service Rules when he engaged in inappropriate communications related to a double fatality collision.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Detective Drake (PDF 156.78KB)
October 7, 2019

Temporary suspension of Officer Stephen Johnson

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Stephen Johnson's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for thirty days, from October 8, 2019 through November 6, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Johnson failed to follow the General Orders and violated several departmental policies, including failing to activate his body worn camera and the in-car digital mobile audio video recording device.

Author: Austin Police Department
September 9, 2019

Temporary suspension of Officer Bryan Menduni

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Menduni's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for fifteen days, effective September 10, 2019 and continuing through September 24, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Menduni failed to follow the General Orders on two separate occasions, once in a family violence case and once after causing minor damage to a police vehicle.

Author: Austin Police Department
August 13, 2019

Temporary suspension of Sergeant Christopher Keen

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Sergeant Keen's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for ten days, effective August 13, 2019 and continuing through August 22, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Sergeant Keen failed to promptly notify Internal Affairs or his chain of command of his personal knowledge of Officer Wagstaff's relationship with a stalking crime victim.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Sergeant Keen (PDF 646.13KB)
August 5, 2019

Oral reprimand of Officer Austin Holmes

Commander Wright delivered an oral reprimand to Officer Holmes for using a tobacco product while engaged in official police business. This is a violation of policy 946.2, Smoking/Tobacco Use.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Oral reprimand: Officer Holmes (PDF 26.73KB)
July 18, 2019

Formal Complaint: Acts Bringing Discredit Upon the Department

Complainant alleges officer illegally parked to take a meal break. Office of Police Oversight recommend that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
July 11, 2019

Formal Complaint: Smoking/Tobacco Use

Complainant alleges that an officer was smoking a cigarette while engaged in official police business. Office of Police Oversight recommend that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
Document: Formal Complaint: Smoking/Tobacco Use (PDF 417.55KB)
July 9, 2019

Formal Complaint: OPO declines to make a recommendation

Two complainants came in to the OPO to file a complaint regarding an Officer Involved Shooting. The Office of Police Oversight declines to make a recommendation regarding the classification of this complaint, as it is already under investigation. All Officer Involved Shootings are fully investigated.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
July 8, 2019

Formal Complaint: Impartial Attitude and Courtesy, Personal Conduct

Complainant alleges that an officer may have made inappropriate comments during a traffic stop. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
June 28, 2019

Formal Complaint: Impartial Attitude and Courtesy

Complainant alleges that officer conducting traffic broke driver side mirror on car. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a C classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
June 26, 2019

Formal Complaint: OPO declines to make a recommendation

Complainant alleges an officer followed him and indirectly accused him of stealing. The Office of Police Oversight declines to make a recommendation regarding the classification of this complaint.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
June 17, 2019

Indefinite suspension of Officer Jordan Wagstaff

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Wagstaff's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and indefinitely suspended him from duty effective June 17, 2019. The Internal Affairs' investigation revealed Officer Wagstaff engaged in an inappropriate social/personal relationship with an alleged stalking crime victim.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Wagstaff (PDF 445.85KB)
June 17, 2019

Formal Complaint: OPO declines to make a recommendation

Complainant alleges an officer has behaved in a discriminatory and dishonest manner. The Office of Police Oversight declines to make a recommendation regarding the classification of this complaint.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
June 7, 2019

Formal Complaint: Response to Resistance, Responsibility to the Community

Complainant alleges that officer forced entry into the complainant's apartment. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
May 23, 2019

Formal Complaint: Acts Bringing Discredit Upon the Department

Complainant alleges that an officer attempted to use APD office and authority to avoid a traffic citation. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
May 23, 2019

Formal Complaint: Reporting the Active Targeting of a Firearm at a Person

Complainant alleges that officer did not follow procedure when actively targeting a firearm at a civilian. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
May 21, 2019

Formal Complaint: Neglect of Duty

Complainant alleges that officers did not interview complainant in response to a 9-1-1 call for assistance. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
Document: Formal Complaint: Neglect of Duty (PDF 522.11KB)
May 6, 2019

Formal Complaint: Crash Investigation and Reporting

Complainant alleges that officers did not follow procedure in response to a car crash investigation. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
April 17, 2019

Formal Complaint: Privacy and Security of Records

Complainant alleges that officer accessed secure personal records about civilians and allowed a non-police employee to access secure records for personal use. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
April 15, 2019

Written reprimand of Officer Christopher Judd

Commander Rogers delivered a written reprimand to Officer Judd for an incident in which he took custody of an arrested person's property and lost the property prior to arriving at the jail. This is a violation of policy 618.4, Evidence Processing and Submission.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Written reprimand: Officer Judd (PDF 33.58KB)
March 22, 2019

Formal Complaint: Smoking/Tobacco Use

Complainant alleges that officer used chewing tobacco and was spitting while arresting someone. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
Document: Formal Complaint: Smoking/Tobacco Use (PDF 527.97KB)
March 19, 2019

Formal Complaint: General Conduct and Responsibilities

Complainant alleges he came out of his house to see his wife in a confrontation with an officer. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 18, 2019

Indefinite suspension of Officer Robert Pfaff

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Pfaff’s actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and indefinitely suspended him from duty effective March 18, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Pfaff's use of a Taser was not objectively reasonable and a violation of Austin Police Department policy.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Pfaff (PDF 1.13MB)
March 18, 2019

Indefinite suspension of Officer Donald Petraitis

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Petraitis' actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and indefinitely suspended him from duty effective March 18, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Petraitis provided false statements in his report about Officer Pfaff's use of a Taser.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Petraitis (PDF 1012.1KB)
March 1, 2019

Formal Complaint: Deadly Force Applications

Complainant alleges that officers used deadly force and torture in the wrongful death of an individual. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a D classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 1, 2019

Formal Complaint: Responsibility to the Community

Complainant alleges that officer falsely accused an individual of evading a chase while allegedly drunk or intoxicated. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a D classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
February 28, 2019

Formal Complaint: General Conduct and Responsibilities, Impartial Attitude and Courtesy

Complainant alleges that officer caused damage to his vehicle by striking it three to four times with a flashlight. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
February 26, 2019

Formal Complaint: Responsibility to the Community, Impartial Attitude and Courtesy

Complainant alleges that when he requested to talk to an officer’s supervisor, the officer responded by saying he was going to write him more tickets. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a C classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
January 10, 2019

Temporary suspension of Officer Bryan McCulloch

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer McCulloch’s actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and temporarily suspended him from duty for seven days, effective January 10, 2019 and continuing through January 16, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed Officer McCulloch violated multiple policies, including joining pursuit of a stolen vehicle without supervisor approval, committing numerous traffic violations, and failing to operate his vehicle with due regard for the safety of others.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer McCulloch (PDF 320.63KB)
December 21, 2018

Formal Complaint: Family Violence Arrest Requirement for Assaultive Offenses, Victim information

Complainant alleges that officers failed to arrest the alleged offender for interfering with an emergency call and did not provide the Victim Assistance Information pamphlet during a family violence incident. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
December 20, 2018

Indefinite suspension of Commander Jason Dusterhoft

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Commander Dusterhoft’s actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and indefinitely suspended him from duty effective December 20, 2018. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed Commander Dusterhoft committed multiple policy violations including Acts Bringing Discredit to the Department.

Author: Austin Police Department
December 12, 2018

Indefinite suspension of Sergeant Marci Laczko

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Sergeant Laczko’s actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and indefinitely suspended her from duty effective December 12, 2018. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Sergeant Laczko violated multiple policies.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Sergeant Laczko (PDF 19.32MB)
December 5, 2018

Formal complaint: Neglect of Duty, General Attendance

Complainant alleges officer comes home while still on duty.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 26, 2018

Temporary suspension of Officer Mark Lakes

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Lakes’ actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for ten days, effective November 27, 2018 and continuing through December 6, 2018. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Lakes failed to report a Response to Resistance in a timely manner.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Lakes (PDF 196.69KB)
November 16, 2018

Indefinite suspension of Officer Gregory Burnett

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Burnett’s actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and indefinitely suspended him from duty effective November 16, 2018. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Burnett did not fully complete the state mandated Texas Workers' Compensation Work Status Report.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Burnett (PDF 1.17MB)
January 22, 2018

Formal Complaint: Response to Resistance, Determining the Objective Reasonableness of Force

Complainant alleges that three unknown officers assigned to the Downtown Area Command (DTAC) attacked him, breaking five ribs and causing him to have a punctured lung. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight