February 17, 2022

Notice of complaint related to 2022-0113

Complainant alleges Austin police officers did not direct traffic during a roadblock.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT February 18, 2022 ICMS #: 2022-0113 On February 17, 2022 the OPO received a phone complaint. The complainant alleges: Police blocked off entrances to because a box truck was on fire. The complainant was stuck in traffic for almost 2.5 hours. There were police officers in their cars blocking the entrances but no one was directing traffic. The complaint is that officers were sitting in their cars on their phones when they could have helped people get from point A to point B. The complainant asked one of the officers why they were not directing traffic and the officer’s answer was, "There’s a light there." The complainant states that the light is there for normal timing, not when traffic is backed up. 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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