April 8, 2022

Notice of complaint related to 2022-0260

Complainant alleges Austin police officers used excessive force when pulling the complainant over in their vehicle.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT April 8, 2022 ICMS #: 2022-0260 On April 7, 2022, the OPO received a phone complaint. The complainant alleges: He got pulled over by two APD officers. As he was smoking a cigarette, one of the officers came over and told him to put his cigarette out. He asked the officer if that was how he did a pull over. As the officer began to argue, he told the officer all he was asking is that he treat him like a normal person and not a bad person. The officer told him there was a warrant out for him. The other police officer went to the passenger side of the car and his cousin opened the door. Complainant asked his cousin why he opened the door because he did not feel safe right now. The officer pulled his cousin out of the car and started to search him. The other officer told him he needed to get out of the car. He got out of the car and faced the car with both hands behind his back. The officer placed his hand on his neck pushing his head down to his car. He stood up and asked the officer why he was doing that if he was letting him make the arrest. The other officer came over and started kicking his leg with force. The other officer tripped and fell as he tried to take him down. The complainant fell on top of the officer and the other officer fell on top of him. He asked the officers to let him up and both officers began tasing him. They were tasing him a lot, even on his bare skin, as he was yelling and screaming for them to call a sergeant. They picked him up very awkwardly, hurting a previous shoulder injury as he was telling them to let him go. He pleaded for a good four minutes. He started to cry and say he did not resist, and they took advantage of him. They took him to the ambulance and then to the hospital for x-rays. He asked one of the officers if he thought he used excessive force and the officer replied, “maybe a little bit”. He had taser marks all over him and bruised ribs. Another officer, spoke to him and told him he needed to file a complaint because he has seen those officers do that a lot. 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. NOTICE OF COMPLAINT
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