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.

December 12, 2019

Temporary suspension of Officer Jason Goodman

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Goodman's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for 30 days, from December 13, 2019 through January 11, 2020. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Goodman failed to spend enough time with a resident to evaluate his mental health status during a Crisis Intervention Team call.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Goodman (PDF 822.62KB)
December 4, 2019

Formal complaint: Use of force to affect a detention, an arrest, or to conduct a search and pain compliance techniques

Complainant alleges that officer(s) used excessive force for a traffic ticket warrant and that he was assaulted by an officer who “punched him in the face/ jaw." The OPO recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
December 2, 2019

Formal complaint: Response to resistance

Complainant alleges that officers used excessive force and “left critical information out of” affidavits. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
December 2, 2019

Formal complaint: Acts bringing discredit upon the department and negotiations on behalf of suspect

Complainant alleges her granddaughter was molested by an Austin police officer’s son, and the officer allegedly did not report it. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 26, 2019

Formal complaint: OPO recommends independent investigation

The OPO received a complaint against Assistant Chief Jennifer Stephenson of the Austin Police Department, alleging misconduct. Allegations of misconduct by an Assistant Chief or the Chief of Police are outside the scope of the OPO and have been forwarded to the City Manager.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 26, 2019

Formal complaint: Impartial attitude and courtesy and acts bringing discredit upon the department

Complainant alleges that an officer harrassed him during a vehicle stop. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 15, 2019

Formal complaint: De-escalation of potential force encounters and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that a corporal may have violated Austin Police Department (APD) policy during a call involving a teenage girl in crisis. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 15, 2019

Formal complaint: Report writing and arrest requirement for assaultive offenses

Complainant alleges that when officers responded to a disturbance involving the complainant's daughter and the daughter's boyfriend, they allowed the boyfriend to enter the residence, close the door, and physically assault the daughter after they arrived on scene. Additionally, the complainant alleges no action was taken when the daughter informed officers she had just been assaulted. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 15, 2019

Formal complaint: De-escalation of potential force encounters and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that an officer may have violated Austin Police Department (APD) policy during a call involving a teenage girl in crisis. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
November 15, 2019

Temporary suspension of Officer Eric Heinz

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Eric Heinz's actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03(L), and suspended him from duty for five days, from Nove mber 16, 2019 through November 20, 2019. Internal Affairs' investigation revealed that Officer Heinz failed to follow the General Orders when he engaged a suspect in an unprofessional exchange.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Heinz (PDF 81.63KB)
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