April 18, 2022

Notice of complaint related to 2022-0292

Complainant alleges Austin police officers dismissed the complainant's concerns when they responded to her call.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT April 22, 2022 ICMS #: 2022-0292 On April 18, 2022, the OPO received a phone complaint. The complainant alleges: around she called 911 because she was accosted by a group of young boys ranging between the ages of 11-17. The security guard patrolling the construction area for new homes (called ) near went after the boys as they fled the area on foot. Some left in a vehicle, but the security guard was able to keep one of the cars from leaving. Four police officers responded. Two police officers dismissed her complaints and told her she did not have a case. As the officers were talking and laughing with the boys, they told her “Boys will be boys.” The officers did not arrest any of the boys or call their parents. When she told the officers the boys were throwing gravel and mulch at her, one of the officers asked, “Were they sprinkling gravel or throwing it at you?” The officers were minimizing and dismissing what had just happened to her. The officers did not ask for the video she and the security guard had taken. One of the officers had something on his bulletproof vest that was not associated to APD. One of the officers’ last name was Another Officer, badge , was the one who made the decision not to do anything. Officer actually did his job and she wants to extend a compliment to him. She recently found out that one of the boys, if not more, physically assaulted a woman on at . She has pictures that confirm it was the same boys. She felt victimized by the way the officers handled the situation. 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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