Death in East Austin
New police shooting comes on eve of investigation into APD.
By Wells Dunbar,
10:23AM, Mon. Jun. 4, 2007
While bikers reveled and the Pride parade wound through Downtown, a police shooting of a black citizen in East Austin reignites controversy over the Austin Police Department's use of force.
This showed up in the inbox over the weekend, from APD:
At approximately 4:21 a.m., an APD patrol officer, assigned to a Central East Area Command initiative to address community concerns about criminal activity in the area, was flagged down near Chester’s located at 3121 East 12th Street. A resident identified to the officer a male with a gun. As the officer approached the male, the male fled the scene on foot. The officer initiated a foot pursuit. The male fled to an apartment complex located at 1175 Harvey Street. At some point during the pursuit the officer discharged his weapon and struck the male. The male was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant Michael Olsen, a 12-year veteran, has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation and the presentation of the case to the Travis County Grand Jury. This is standard procedure when an officer uses deadly force.
We now know the victim to be 25-year-old Kevin Alexander Brown.
The timing of the incident couldn't be crueler either, with the Justice Department announcing an investigation into APD's use of force against minorities.