April 5, 2022

Notice of complaint related to 2022-0247

Complainant alleges an Austin police officer who was a mental health officer was rude and unprofessional and criticized the complainant's parenting style.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT April 8, 2022 ICMS #: 2022-0247 On April 5, 2022, the OPO received a phone complaint. The complainant alleges: Officer , a mental health officer, was very rude and unprofessional. He made her feel very uncomfortable, and like she is a bad mother who is doing everything wrong. He asked her where she was from because she has an accent. The complainant felt like he was being racist. The complainant was trying to get mental health help for her daughter. Officer told her she doesn’t know how to discipline her child and that she needs to hold her down and beat her. When the complainant needed to go to work, Officer said, "No, you have to stay here." The caseworkers told the officer that it’s ok for a mother to leave and come back. The complainant explained that she had run out of resources to help her daughter and the officer responded that she just doesn’t know how to discipline her child. 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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