April 6, 2020

Formal complaint: Impartial attitude and courtesy

3 separate complainants allege that an officer behaved unprofessionally while directing traffic. The complaints include unnecessary and aggressive yelling at pedestrians. The OPO recommends that this allegation receives 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 #: 2019-1379 April 6, 2020 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received three separate complaints related to an incident that occurred in the in of . All three complaints allege Officer was unprofessional. Complaint #1 Alleged officer got into our faces screaming at us only an inch from my boyfriend's face, saying "do you not know how to listen? I said stop! Get back on the side walk now". I was in shock to have him run at us and yell when we had already said sorry and had already started backing up, and as I was crossing when it was our turn, I made a comment that he was acting like a junior high hall monitor on a power trip and shouldn't have gotten in our faces when we had already apologized. Again, he turned around, took off his traffic vest and tried handing it to me when yelling, again only an in from my face, in a dominating posture "here, you take take my job, why dont you do my job" and I said "I don't want your job, I want you to not get in our faces screaming at us after when already apologized and said we didn't hear you". He continued to scream, mostly in my boyfriend's face, yelling at him. My boyfriend asked the officer for his name and badge number, and the officer continue to yell in his face "do you know how to read? here's my name and number. Why don't you read it" Complaint #2 Alleged Officer was directing traffic in the domain. Complainant states: Domain/Palm St - 4pm the officer was aggressive towards shoppers, making sarcastic remarks to other. took his vest off and said do you want to do my job? Complainant observed it the party directly in front of him was "hounded" the officer actually took his vest off and tried to give to others, he also appeared to turn around his body cam to document himself. Complaint #3 Alleges officer with badge got in my face "do you not understand?" took off vest and said "you wanna do my job? officer sprinted up to me and got right into my face screaming "get back on the fucking sidewalk - chest bumped me back to the sidewalk - initiated contact again with me after to take off vest and told me to do the job" 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. 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 Recommended Administrative Policies to Review (to include but not limited to): 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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