January 12, 2022

Notice of complaint related to 2022-0014

Complainant alleges Austin police officers have not responded to a complaint about individuals experiencing homelessness camping near a public street.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT January 12, 2022 ICMS #: 2022-0014 On January 4, 2022 the OPO received a phone complaint. The complainant alleges: The complainant is a realtor with properties in a cul-de-sac. There is a no parking sign there that is a fire lane "so to speak." There is now a homeless camp under the no parking sign in the middle of the road with shopping carts, wheelchairs, and dogs. They are lighting fires at night. The complainant states that the tenants now don’t have room to back out of their driveways for fear they will hit someone and the fires are a danger to tenants' lives and her property. The complainant has allegedly called police multiple times, filed complaints for dogs running around, fires, and obstacles in the road impeding the safety of moving vehicles, and the police have not come out. She was allegedly told by dispatch that it was not a priority and they would only send someone if there was someone available. The complainant has been trying to solve this for 6 months. She states she is losing tenants because of this. This notice of 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.

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