April 16, 2020

Formal complaint: Emergency response and vehicle operations and general operation of department vehicles

Complainant filed an online complaint alleging the complainant's wife had to jump out of the street with their child to avoid being hit by Austin Police Department vehicles.

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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 #: 2020-0407 April 16, 2020 Complaint: The OPO received an online complaint that stated: My daughter was being pulled in a wagon that my wife was pulling. They were walking down and just crossed the road when a police officer went flying down going at least 60mph. The officer did have his lights on, but no siren. It was confirmed that he was responding to a high priority call. But then, two other officers go speeding down again at around 60mph. The second two officers did not have their lights on. I was in correspondence with the supervisor of the incident who suddenly stopped responding and would not take responsibility for the three officers actions. This road is 30mph and their were many pedestrians and cyclists always throughout the neighborhood, including my wife and daughter. I have video from my security cameras as well as the names and badge numbers for all three officers that were driving recklessly, and also the supervisor. I refuse to let this incident go on as "business as usual" so I would like make sure this incident is handled properly. There is also dashcam video from all three officers from which the supervisor sent me three screenshots of where the speeding officers had just turned onto and were already exceeding the speed limit as they passed the second house on the street as they continued to accelerate. I''d be happy to provide my security camera footage as well as the screenshots of the dashcam. Officers: , . Complainant alleges his wife had to jump out of the street with the child to avoid being hit by APD vehicles. 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): 400.2 EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND VEHICLE OPERATIONS Officers shall exercise sound judgment and care with due regard for life and property when responding to an emergency call. Officers shall reduce speed at all street intersections to such a degree that they shall have complete control of the vehicle 804.2 GENERAL OPERATION OF DEPARTMENT VEHICLES (a) Employees will operate Department vehicles in a careful and prudent manner within the guidelines of the law and Department General Orders. Unsafe or negligent driving is prohibited. Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

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