Complainant alleges they were assaulted by Austin police officers after being escorted to the hospital for observations. OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.
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303.3 DEPARTMENT ISSUED BODY WORN CAMERA
BWC equipment is to be used primarily by uniformed personnel as authorized per assignment by
the Department and must be used unless otherwise authorized by a Commander or above.
(b) Employees equipped with a Department issued BWC system must be trained in the
operation of the equipment prior to its use. BWC equipment will be used in accordance
with Department training and the BWC operations manual.
(c) Unless otherwise authorized by the Chief of Police or his/her designee, BWC’s will be
worn consistent with the training and manufacturer’s recommendations, in regards to fields
of view and employee safety. Employees will adhere to the following dimensions for
placement of the BWC:
1. From the center of the sternum, no more than four inches to the right or left on the
outermost layer of clothing such that the camera has an unobstructed view.
2. No higher than four inches below the top button of the uniform shirt and no lower
than six inches below the top button of the uniform shirt.
318.3.1 HANDCUFFING DETAINEES
(c) Officers should weigh the safety interests of all involved individuals against unreasonable
intrusion upon a detainee when deciding to place handcuffs on a detainee.
(d) Unless arrested, handcuffing detainees at the scene of a search warrant should continue for
only as long as is reasonably necessary to ensure the safety of officers and others.
318.6 FIELD PHOTOGRAPHS
(a) Field photos should only be used for:
2. Identification of a subject's condition (e.g., injuries, tattoos, evidence stains on
clothing, jewelry, distinctive clothing/shoe patterns).
318.6.5 SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY
While it is recognized that field photographs often become valuable investigative tools, supervisors
should monitor such practices for compliance with Department General Orders. This is not to
imply that supervisor approval is required before each photograph.
Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on
the classification of administrative cases.
The OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.