April 22, 2022

Notice of complaint related to 2022-0309

Complainant alleges an Austin police officer attempted to dissuade the complainant from filing a police report for an incident involving the sons of the complainant and the officer.

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NOTICE OF COMPLAINT April 22, 2022 ICMS #: 2022-0309 On April 22, 2022, the OPO received an online complaint. The complainant alleges: PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: • – (18yr/Senior), the son of Austin Police Department (APD) Detective snuck up on our son from behind during wrestling practice ( ) and choked him out until he lost consciousness. When our son went limp his attacker dropped him on his face and our son suffered multiple bone fractures in his jaw and had his mouth wired shut • – Officer of the Police Department called us and tried to dissuade us from filing a police report – he said that it would take 6-8 weeks and no charges would be filed as Travis County is too liberal o Please note that Officer is a retired 27 year veteran of the Austin Police Department (APD) and knows our attackers son – Detective and Officer met while at the Austin Police Department (APD). • – I complained to the Police Department Chief that when the recorder stopped recording and my sons statement and was walking out, Officer threatened our son so Chief replaced Officer o Please note that Chief is a retired 22 year veteran of the Austin Police Department (APD) Chief served as a police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and division commander prior to his retirement. As a commander at APD, he served in a leadership role for hundreds of officers in numerous units including Patrol, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, Police Technology, Risk Management, Training, and Recruiting. • – Chief sent us an email with the following update: o “I am writing to provide you with an update regarding the criminal investigation involving your son as a victim. After a very thorough investigation, the facts of this case and the events leading up to it were presented to a Travis County Assistant County Attorney (ACA) for review. After a review of the facts, the County Attorney’s office has advised they will not accept the case for prosecution. In other words, the ACA has determined that the facts of the case, and the totality of the circumstances surrounding it, are not strong enough to support a successful prosecution. Due to the ruling by the ACA, the criminal investigation is being closed exceptionally - prosecution declined.” • – We received the REQUESTED CITATION from the Travis County District Clerk’s Office (459th) and immediately sent it to Direct Results Legal Service (DRLS) to serve • – DRLS tried to serve

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