June 9, 2020

Formal complaint: Purpose and scope—Community policing and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that the Austin Police Department deployed sonic weapons that can cause permanent hearing damage to protesters. They implore the Austin police department to remove the weapons. The Office of Police Oversight recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

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The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT ICMS #: 2020-0924 June 9, 2020 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received an email complaint from stating as follows: “To whom this may concern, I implore you to insist on the immediate removal of the LRAD 300x noise weapon mounted on top of APD headquarters. This device is capable of producing permanent hearing damage among other injuries. It was developed for crowd control in war zones. We are not at war. Protesters are not the enemy. Quite often there are CHILDREN within range of this shameful device. This must be removed and banned from use forever in Austin. I demand to know who authorized this and their justification. Hearing is not something that can be replaced. Signed, A voter in district 5”

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