June 1, 2021

Formal complaint: Impartial attitude and courtesy and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that, after being arrested, they were treated poorly by Austin police officers. The 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 #: 2021-0343 June 1, 2021 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received an online complaint alleging the following: “There were multiple incidences that happened this night I was not supposed to be arrested according to what said(sp) I was taken to the hospital after having my thumb broken by a gang of white boy white supremacists at a white boy proud boy bar after they were trying to kill my boyfriend by choking him on his throat and kneeling on him like he was . They all laughed at me when I was trying to save him After that they took me to the hospital and he continued to abuse me and twist my arm And kept turning their body cam on and off I swear that they poisoned my water that I asked for..that I had at the hospital they put something in it that made my stomach so sick. I had to use the bathroom and they told me I couldn’t since I had just used it and there there’s no way I had to before then. I also had my son that was in my hotel room just two blocks away from the incident and they knew this and they didn’t care and they all made a joke of it and call me an irresponsible mother which I am not I was trying to get home to my son and I was told I wasn’t being arrested just transported to the hospital because the guys that DIDNT get arrested broke my thumb. !! This is cruelty and racism on the apd part and also neglect of the child that was left in the hotel that I was two blocks away from! This makes no sense I would’ve had a broken hand had I punched the guy like the affidavit says which I didn’t do I was trying to defend my bf , also the police officers completely molested me no female officer present and did so aggressively several times. This was not only traumatic but in distaste of the apd unit I want to add to my report that I was not given my Miranda rights because he said I did not deserve them because I assaulted somebody which I did not I almost forgot the fact that APD told me that it was irrelevant if I get Covid from the hospital because it was a hospital even though the hospital staff told me and the police officer at the time that I should wear a mask because it is Covid and there is a pandemic I’m sure they were not wearing their body cam at that time. They did not have me in a mask and told me that they didn’t care if I got Covid because it was an ER facility and then the hospital staff requested that I did wear a mask while transporting through the unit per protocol and the officer said he did not care And then later molested me in front of the body cam.” 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. 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): 301.2 IMPARTIAL ATTITUDE AND COURTESY Employees shall provide equal and fair protection of all rights under local, state, and federal law for all members of the community. Law enforcement will be conducted in an impartial and equitable manner. In an effort to create an organizational culture that is inclusive and nondiscriminatory, employees shall act professionally, treat all persons fairly and equally, and strive to interact with the community in a positive manner. Employees will perform all duties objectively and without regard to personal feelings, animosities, friendships, financial status, occupation or employment status, sex, disability status, housing status, mental health or ability, citizenship, language, national origin, creed, color, race, religion, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity, or social or ethnic background. Employees will endeavor to understand and respect cultural, national, racial, religious, physical, mental, and other differences. 303.3.3 WHEN DEPARTMENT ISSUED BWC SYSTEM DEACTIVATION IS AUTHORIZED Once the BWC system is activated it shall remain on until the incident has concluded or until deactivation is permissible in accordance with this order. 306.3.1 SEARCH PROTOCOL Nothing in this order supersedes officer safety tactics. 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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