June 9, 2020

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

Complainant alleges that Austin Police Department officers shot a pregnant woman in the back and stomach with less-lethal ammunition. Complainant alleges that Austin police department deployed sonic weapons that can cause permanent hearing damage protesters. They call for the removal of these 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 #: 2020-0940 June 9, 2020 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received a phone complaint from stating as follows: “I am absolutely disgusted, obviously, with the events happening around the world. I work in in a few different states and Texas is one of them, and to just continuously hear these things happening, especially a pregnant woman being shot in the back and in the stomach. Regardless of what it was, less-lethal ammunition is meant to be shot at the ground and then bounce back, not directly at someone. She could have lost her baby. There’s so many things that are just so wrong with that. I just felt like I needed to use my voice to say something and file an actual complaint in hopes that things would actually start to change. I think things need to happen in unity right now and the fact of an unborn child potentially losing their life. A black unborn child. It’s a lot. It’s a lot…I value police officers also. When someone breaks into my home, who am I going to call? When I feel endangered, who am I going to call? But the fact that my safety does not feel fully there…my boyfriend is Black, my boyfriend’s dad is Black, my future kids will be Black.”

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