January 7, 2022

Formal complaint: Documenting gender identity in versadex

Complainant alleges that after reporting a sexual assault incident, Austin police officers did not properly handle the evidence or provide a safe, confidential space when asking the complainant questions about the incident. OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.

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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT 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. ICMS #: 2021-1264 January 7, 2022 Complaint: The complainant alleges: Made a report of sexual assault to both APD and UTPD. First went to for one assault (APD ignored me) and was later told there was no record of the report made, I’ve been looking into Title IX to see what legal action I have there. After going to APD for a second assault that happened weeks later I felt my evidence was improperly taken and tested. I believe I’ve been lied to about the results. When the officers questioned me it was not in a secure location and was asked questions about a sexual assault in front of strangers passing by. I was asked inappropriate questions that led to further harm or secondary blame of a victim. I believe the police are hiding the factual evidence and protecting themselves and those in power who may be responsible. This notice of formal complaint is a request for Internal Affairs to initiate an investigation 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): 402.2.1 DOCUMENTING GENDER IDENTITY IN VERSADEX When officers are made aware of persons who identify as transgender, gender non-binary, or gender non-conforming and need to document that encounter in police reports, field observation cards, field release citations, or warnings they will use the following guidelines. 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.

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