May 23, 2019

Formal complaint: Reporting the active targeting of a firearm at a person

Complainant alleges that officer did not follow procedure when actively targeting a firearm at a civilian. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive 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 May 30, 2019 ICMS: 2019-0534 Date of Complaint: May 23, 2019 Complaint: Officer [Redacted] and Officer [Redacted], failed to document and report the active targeting of a firearm at a person. Additional information: On [Redacted], a stop was conducted by Officer [Redacted] and Officer [Redacted]. Officers exited their unmarked unit, gave commands and, immediately started actively targeting [Redacted]. [Redacted] mother arrived on scene and she was informed by Officer [Redacted] that it was, “Just a traffic stop.” Officer [Redacted] later told [Redacted] that he was stopped because, “He looked like someone they were looking for.” On May 29, 2019, review was conducted on the Field Observation (FO) Card related to this incident. There was no indication on the FO Card that [Redacted] was targeted or that the Officers briefed their supervisor. Administrative Policy to Review: 402.5 Reporting the Active Targeting of a Firearm at a Person By the nature of their duties, officers may be required by general orders and training to point their firearm, including impact munitions, and actively target at a person. This section does not create an additional requirement for officers to initiate an incident report; however, officers that actively target their firearm at a person shall properly document the incident as outlined below. 402.5.1 Officer Responsibilities (a)Employees shall immediately notify and brief their supervisor. If their supervisor is unavailable, another field supervisor shall be notified (b)Employees shall adhere to the following documentation guidelines: 1. FO Card or Electronic Street Check a) When a report is not otherwise required for the incident, complete an FO card or electronic street check to document that a firearm was actively targeted at a person and the details of the incident. 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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