March 15, 2021

Formal complaint: Insubordination, Crash investigation

An anonymous complainant alleges that officers responding to a car crash did not take witness information and did not wear face masks. The Office of Police Oversight recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT ICMS #: 2021-0216 March 15, 2021 Complaint: An anonymous complainant alleges: There was a car accident at the corner of between a and an this afternoon- . The officers that responded did not take witness information nor were they wearing Mandated face masks. They came into contact with several citizens and never once covered themselves to keep others safe. This is inexcusable at this late date. 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): 110.4.4 INSUBORDINATION Employees will not be insubordinate. The willful disobedience of, or deliberate refusal to obey any lawful order of a supervisor is insubordination. Defying the authority of any supervisor by obvious disrespect, arrogant or disrespectful conduct, ridicule, or challenge to orders issued is considered insubordination whether done in or out of the supervisor's presence. 346.3 CRASH INVESTIGATION During crash investigations, officers should: (b) Identify and interview any witnesses. 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. 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.
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