June 17, 2020

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

Complainant alleges that they were at a protest when officers arrived on bike and started pushing and shoving protesters. Complainant also alleges that they were sprayed with mace, resulting in injuries. 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 #: 2020-1018 June 17, 2020 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received an online complaint from stating as follows: “I was part of a peaceful protest in front of the office on . Just before or so (time is approximate until Facebook shows more accurately the start of the linked livestreams, since I couldn’t look at my phone until much later), minutes after we arrived, cops on bikes arrived and started unceremoniously pushing and shoving protesters with their bikes. Several people’s umbrellas were reached for, destroyed, and discarded by cops simply for being out (there were no threatening movements towards the cops with them, just attempts to be ready for mace or other chemical irritants). This brings me to the bulk of my complaint. As I was standing firmly but nonviolently against the line of cops pushing protesters back (and trying to use my sign as a shield for the protesters I thought were behind me), a cop two spots to the left of where I was (left from my perspective) reached for the mace (or a similar chemical irritant) in the bag of his bike and without prior warning sprays my face, focused on my left side. A fellow protester later told me that they saw it was Officer , which matches up with what can be seen at the 11 second mark on the imgur link I will attach (when he’s reaching for his mace). My face burned for hours after getting sprayed, even after 20 minutes in a cold shower, and my eyes are still tired and aching despite the immediate burning being gone. I’m also still having trouble hearing out of my left ear, the side I got sprayed on, this morning at 10:00 am (14 hours after the incident). Although the red sunburn-like irritation on my skin has faded, the left side of my face and neck are still more sensitive than normal thanks to the chemical weapon. Without the quick aid of some medics, I would not have been able to see for a much longer period of time, and with the volume that I got hit with it’s quite possible I could have suffered permanent vision damage without their quick help, especially since my eyes have always been sensitive to chemicals and irritants. This was an unprovoked attack in a situation that held no danger to the officers or even the building (the excuse I was given for them pushing us back seconds before I was maced), and on a protest which was restrained even in its anger until the cops showed up looking for a fight and escalated. I urge you to investigate quickly and thoroughly, confirm that it was officer who attacked unprovoked, and put pressure on APD to properly discipline him, as well as all the other cops who have been abusing their power during these peaceful protests. Clip of immediate incident: https: Livestream covering the incident, with cop arrival at the ( talks to Officer , who was immediately in front and to the right of me, starting at he briefly interviews me and I explain what I could tell was going on): https:/ Far less useful livestream which may somehow still be useful (cops arrive at 0:05:45): https://
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