Official complaint and discipline documents

As part of our mission, the Office of Police Oversight publishes official documents related to the complaint investigation process and disciplinary decisions made by the Austin Police Department.

March 27, 2020

Formal complaint: Purpose and scope—Responsibility to the community and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that an officer may have violated policy when they illegally stopped him and confiscated his money and watch. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 27, 2020

Formal complaint: Consent and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that his car was searched without consent or cause. He also alleges that he was unlawfully detained and was denied communication with a supervisor. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 27, 2020

Formal complaint : Purpose and scope and other policy violations

Complainant alleges officers may have violated policy during a traffic stop which resulted in the complainant being handcuffed and detained without cause. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 25, 2020

Temporary suspension of Officer Richard Bozelli

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Bozelli’s actions violated multiple policies and suspended him from duty for 10 days, from March 26, 2020 through April 9, 2020. Officer Bozelli engaged in a high speed chase and failed to properly terminate the chase.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Bozelli (PDF 182.59KB)
March 24, 2020

Indefinite suspension of Officer Bryan Black

Chief of Police Brian Manley determined that Officer Black’s actions violated Civil Service Commission Rule 10.03 and indefinitely suspended him from duty, effective March 24, 2020. Internal affairs investigation revealed that Officer Black was dishonest and attempted to conceal his full culpability in relation to the incidents being investigated.

Author: Austin Police Department
Document: Disciplinary memo: Officer Black (PDF 2.34MB)
March 20, 2020

Formal complaint: Purpose and scope—Responsibility to the community and other policy violations

The Office of Police Oversight received an online complaint alleging that a Sergeant sent a mass email to all officers, degrading veterans with disabilities. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 16, 2020

Formal complaint: Purpose and scope—Responsibility to the community and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that officers may have violated policy during an interaction when they racially profiled him. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 16, 2020

Formal complaint: Purpose and scope—Responsibility to the community and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that officers may have violated policy during an interaction. The complainant states that the APD was called by his doctor, and that the officers were unkind and intimidating. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 16, 2020

Formal complaint: Impartial attitude and courtesy and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that officers may have violated policy during a call for service regarding the theft of her vehicle. She states that the officers didn't show up in a timely manner, failed to gather proper evidence or information, and insinuated that she was lying about the theft. The complainant further alleges that the treatment was bias-based. The OPO recommends that this allegation receives a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
March 16, 2020

Formal complaint: Purpose and scope—Responsibility to the community and other policy violations

Complainant alleges that officers may have violated policy during an incident when she called for a mental health officer and no mental health officer or EMS was sent. She further alleges that the officers that did come, arrived with shotguns in hand, and used to PA system to communicate, displaying a lack of sensitivity or discretion. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive a B classification.

Author: Office of Police Oversight
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