May 17, 2021

Formal complaint: Responsibility to the community purpose and scope

Complainant alleges an officer positioned their vehicle in a way that the individual could not move or get out of harm's way. The OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.

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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT ICMS #: 2021-0477 May 17, 2021 Complaint: The complainant alleges a police officer in a black and white SUV (license # ) APD trapped her under the bars of a railroad crossing on by being so close behind her she couldn't back up, and the officer would not move his car to help her get out of harm's way. She stated she almost had to get so close as to hit the officer's car before he decided to move back so she could get off the railroad tracks. She stated that the officer should've done something to help her get out of harm's way. Instead, she stated she felt the officer purposely didn't want to move out of ill motive. 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): 301.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE – RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY All persons deserve protection by fair and impartial law enforcement and should be able to expect similar police response to their behavior wherever it occurs. Employees will serve the public through direction, counseling, assistance, and protection of life and property. Employees will be held accountable for the manner in which they exercise the authority of their office or position. Employees will respect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, sincerity, courage, and sound judgment. 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. 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.

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