Complainant alleges that they saw a video of Austin Police Department officers shooting "less lethal" projectiles into a crowd of medics. They state various measures be taken in order to ensure peace and justice. The Office of Police Oversight recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.
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NOTICE OF FORMAL
ICMS #: 2020-0942
June 9, 2020
Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received an email complaint from
stating as follows:
“Dear Austin Police Oversight committee,
I write to you today pleading that the APD takes the necessary steps to eliminate excessive
and deadly use of force.
I saw the video of APD shooting into a crowd of medics and protesters that were attempting
to help someone who had been also shot at by some sort of "less lethal projectile" as it was
described in the video caption.
I am concerned because my family lives in Austin (I have moved away but still visit
regularly and always consider it my home). They are on the frontlines of peaceful protests
in the name of justice for those who have lost their lives at the hands of police excessive
use of force. I love them and I love Austin, and I know whoever is reading this email wants
peace and justice, too. In order for that to occur, myself and many others believe that the
following steps must be swiftly taken.
Please consider my plea for the APD to;
- require de-escalation
- Ban chokeholds and strangleholds
-Restrict shooting at moving vehicles
- Require that all other means are exhausted before shooting
- Require comprehensive reporting
Thank you for your consideration of our collective concerns, as those who are peacefully