August 13, 2021

Formal complaint: Philosophy

Complainant alleges that Austin police officers used excessive force against them, tasing them in front of their child. OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.

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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT ICMS #: 2021-0845 August 13, 2021 Complaint: The OPO received an anonymous complaint alleging: "i was just walking a he tazed me while my child was right there and i anit do nun." 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): 208.1.1 PHILOSOPHY The use of a TASER Device upon a subject by an officer shall only occur when the officer, while in the performance of their lawful duties, has an objectively reasonable belief that it is necessary to gain control of the subject. The Department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone. It is also understood that vesting officers with the authority to use lawful and objectively reasonable force to protect the public welfare requires a careful balancing of all human interests. 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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