August 3, 2021

Formal complaint: Impartial attitude and courtesy, Required documentation, Impound guidelines, and other policy violations

The complainant alleges that Austin police officers pulled him over and detained him without cause, leaving his minor child in a hot vehicle for more than half an hour. Further, officers impounded his vehicle despite him providing the necessary documentation. OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.

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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT 328.3.2 REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION Every member of the Department is required to document and report to the Department any detention, frisk, search, nonconsensual stop and/or arrest of a person. Officers shall document the following information in the appropriate fields of an incident report, field release citation, warning, field observation card or electronic street check 350.3 IMPOUND GUIDELINES The decision to impound may be made by any officer as long as the vehicle is in violation of any City ordinance related to traffic or parking, or constitutes a traffic hazard. 350.4 VEHICLE INVENTORY (a) In all incidents where a vehicle is impounded, officers will conduct an inventory of the vehicle for damage and any items of personal property. In rare circumstances, an investigative unit may direct an on-scene officer not to conduct an inventory because the investigative unit determines that the inventory would unreasonably jeopardize the evidentiary/forensic integrity of the vehicle. The direction to not inventory should be documented using BWC and in the incident report. 402.2.4 REPORT WRITING All reports shall accurately reflect: (1) the identity of the persons involved. (2) All pertinent information seen, heard, or assimilated by any other sense. (3) Any action(s) taken. 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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