January 27, 2021

Formal Complaint: Purpose and Scope, Impartial Attitude and Courtesy

Complainant alleges that Austin police officers did not let him go to the hospital and that their documentation did not reflect what really happened. The Office of Police Oversight recommends that this allegation receive a B 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 #: 2020-1845 January 27, 2021 Complaint: Complainant, , submitted a complaint to the Office of Police Oversight alleging the following: The complainant called the police. arrived and the complainant said the sergeant gave him attitude. There were two other individuals who came to watch what was happening and the officers did not tell them to go away. The sergeant referred to the complainant as an aggressor. The complainant disagreed and also asked both the sergeant and two other officers to go to the hospital because the complainant had a knot on the side of his face. The sergeant then said that due to coronavirus he could not take him to the hospital. The police took him to jail and said he would be there for a couple hours but was there until the end of the next day. The complainant called dispatch to ask for another person in charge to come out and the sergeant told dispatch to not send anyone else and turned away EMS. After the situation, the complainant said the documentation didn’t reflect what really happened. The complainant has an issue with the fact that the sergeant did not let him go to the hospital and that the complainant was blamed for the situation when he was assaulted. This notice of formal complaint is a request for Internal Affairs to initiate an investigation in order to determine if the employee conduct is within compliance of APD policy, Civil Service Rules, and Municipal Civil Service Rules. Recommended Administrative Policies to Review (to include but not limited to): 301.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE All persons deserve protection by fair and impartial law enforcement and should be able to expect similar police response to their behavior wherever it occurs. Employees will serve the public through direction, counseling, assistance, and protection of life and property. Employees will be held accountable for the manner in which they exercise the authority of their office or position. Employees will respect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, sincerity, courage, and sound judgment. 301.2 IMPARTIAL ATTITUDE AND COURTESY Employees are expected to act professionally, treat all persons fairly and equally, and perform all duties impartially, objectively, and equitably without regard to personal feelings, animosities, friendships, financial status, sex, creed, color, race, religion, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression or social or ethnic background. Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

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