June 17, 2020

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

Complainant alleges that Austin police officers used excessive force, tear gas and less lethal rounds on protesters. They also allege that Austin police officers lied about their use of tear gas on social media. 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 #: 2020-1019 June 17, 2020 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received an online complaint from stating as follows: “Hi I wanted to file a complaint about a use of excessive force by the Austin Police Department on predominantly young people who were protesting as an act of civil disobedience to object to the current state of affairs between the police and civillians. Myself, along with nearly 30-40 other protestors on . People were kneeling and non violent. A helicopter warned us of tear gas being used. The police fired the tear gas, a toxic chemical weapon banned in war, which hurt many of us and was carried by the wind towards the protestors on the ground who were also affected by it. As we were heading away from the police, they started unleashing less lethal rounds on the backs of protestors. They fired from my count listening to the video, nearly 60 rounds. These are the same bullets which almost killed fellow protestors. This department acted ruthlessly and potentially threatened the lives of their civilians. To add onto this, the APD Twitter account publicly lied about using tear gas on us. On their Twitter. Which is why they will be defunded.”

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