Complainant alleges that Austin police officers treated him disrespectfully, attempted to hit him with a police vehicle, and arrested him without cause after he was skating in the street instead of the sidewalk. OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.
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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT
ICMS #: 2021-0726
July 20, 2021
Complaint: The complainant submitted an online complaint to the Office of Police Oversight
alleging the following:
"Your police officer
with the badge number
randomly arrested me in a vain
attempt to inflict extrajudicial harm to me. I was roller skating down
police closed it. I was wearing headphones. Without any warning, I hear a man on a
loudspeaker yelling at me "roller skater, get on the sidewalk". I look behind and see it was
police. I felt startled and wondered why they were yelling and humiliating me like that in
front of a large crowd. Then I attempted to get on the sidewalk, but couldn't because of
loose gravel threatening and the heavy (very heavy) crowds of drunk people walking
unpredictably. I turned around and rolled up to the driver-side window of the police car to
ask if I could clear this block on the road (because it's significantly safer) then turning off
on the sidewalk. The police officer driving (badge
then turned the car and tried to
hit me with the car, this can be proven by the dashcam video. Before I could speak, he
rolled down the window and began yelling at me, not talking to me, and even forwardly
rationalized his verbal abuse by saying "I told you once, now I have to yell at you!".
Granted, I hadn't yet had a chance to speak, and his order placed me in harm's way. It was
urgent that I approach him for help. Due to the surprising yelling and humiliation on the
loudspeaker, followed by the dangerous order I tried to obey, followed by being assaulted
by his vehicle, followed by him yelling without me saying a word -- I suddenly felt very
scared of the police. His demeanor was unprofessional, violent, verbally violent, and
yelling dangerous commands to me. I did not say a word yet, but to cool my fear, I pulled
out my phone and instantly began recording before continuing. Please cross-check
everything from here with the video. He got out of his car and I finally said my first words,
"I'm just trying to ask you..." and he interrupted me by saying "You're not trying to ask
me". He seemed to believe that I was lying to him, despite having never spoken to me
before in my life. His automatic assumption was, strangely, that I must have been lying.
The conversation continued when I tried to say "What I'm saying is there's a bunch of drunk
people on the sidewalk right now..." and he ignored my issue, saying that I must leave the
empty roadway unquestioningly and skate (dangerously) on the sidewalk. He then started
speaking while not allowing me to talk. He repeated his order, to which I said "You're
putting me in a dangerous situation". He, again, ignored my fear, and I felt so scared. I did
not know why he was doing this to me. This officer was out-of-line. I was already scared
because of all the stuff he did before, now I'm felling worse. Without addressing any of my
problems, he said if I don't go on the sidewalk (place myself in danger) then he'll arrest me.
NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT
My next words were "Why are you unwilling to have a civil conversation?" his next words
were "You're under arrest". He arrested me and I spent 2 days in jail. He turned off my
phone. I asked him to turn on his body camera, to which he ignored me. It was very hot
that day and I was skating hard. I sweated a lot. When I got to jail, I asked for some water.
He said no, because "you're in jail, not a hotel". I was feeling faint from dehydration, but
my concerns were ignored by him. I told him "I am innocent", to which he said "no you're
not". I told him that "I'm innocent until proven guilty". Then he ignored me. I eventually
asked the nurse for water, and she gave me some. This officer demonstrates cruelty and
seems to take pleasure in the harm he causes others. He is far too quick to humiliation,
embarrassment, yelling, and arresting one of the most civil people in the city of Austin. My
reputation is clean. I'm a 30 year old computer programmer, multimillionaire, who speaks
4 languages and has multiple talents.”
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
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.
NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT
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.
304.3.2 WHEN DMAV USE IS REQUIRED
This order is not intended to describe every possible situation where the system may be used. In
some circumstances it is not possible to capture images of the incident due to conditions or location
of the camera however the audio portion can be valuable evidence and is subject to the same
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
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.