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APD Updates County on Moldy Rape Kits
Operations resume, new protocol for informing stakeholders to come
DAILY News  July 6, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...On Thursday (July 6), after an APD lab briefing before Travis County Commissioners, District Attor­ney Margaret Moore told the Chronicle that the solution has since been okayed by Dr. Bruce Budowle, board member of the Texas Forensic Science Commission..."

APD Officer With Ties to Samantha Dean Fired, Currently AWOL
VonTrey Clark believed to be in Indonesia
DAILY News  July 23, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The Austin police officer placed on administrative leave for his connection to 29-year-old Samantha Dean, the pregnant crimes victim counselor for the Kyle Police Department found dead in early February, has been fired from APD. Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Art Acevedo also revealed that the man is on the lam...."

Audits Ahead for APD Crime Labs
Forensics lab to onboard new director, plus SARRT letter
DAILY News  July 17, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...The National Forensic Science and Technology Center will manage each audit for the blood alcohol toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene, latent prints, and firearms and toolmark labs. APD Commander Mike Eveleth, who’s overseen the forensics unit since December, told the Chronicle that reviews should last a month or two, and are expected to begin before the end of July...."

APD Officer Freeman Fired
Geoffrey Freeman "indefinitely suspended" for David Joseph shooting
DAILY News  March 21, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...APD Officer Geoffrey Freeman has received an indefinite suspension for the shooting death of 17-year-old David Joseph, according to an email from John Moritz, a spokesman for the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. The city of Austin has yet to produce a disciplinary memo from Police Chief Art Acevedo corroborating the information...."

APA Files Grievance Against APD
Association accuses Acevedo of being retaliatory in his discipline
DAILY News  January 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The Austin Police Association filed a grievance Friday in connection to the indefinite suspension (civil service for “firing”) of Johnny McMiller, a lieutenant with the department who lost his job on Dec. 14 for violating APD policies pertaining to honesty, insubordination, neglect of duty, and the department’s guidelines for secondary employment...."

Much Heat, Some Light at Eastside Forum on APD Shooting
APD's Art Acevedo faced sharp questions Thursday night
DAILY News  August 16, 2013, by Michael King
"...Feelings were high in a packed house at the Carver Museum, as Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo faced an audience audibly angry at the July 26 shooting of Larry Jackson Jr by APD Detective Charles Kleinert...."

The New APD Execs (or, Art and Debbie, Sitting in a Tree)
Art Acevdeo unveils his executive team; will the ACLU be on board?
DAILY News  August 2, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...A press release from the Austin Police Department Public Information Office announces new APD Chief Art Acevedo has announced his "executive team;" their duties include "oversight responsibilities of day-to-day operations at APD, as well as carry out the policies set by the Chief." Without further adieu, they are Asst. Chief David Carter, Asst..."

Release of Breaion King Arrest Footage Leads to APD Investigations
Police and community members meet for “an open, honest dialogue”
DAILY News  July 22, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Multiple investigations are under way at APD into the policing strategies of two Henry sector (Southeast) cops and the oversight of their chain of command after dashboard video footage of an arrest and subsequent ride to Travis County Jail was brought to the attention of Police Chief Art Acevedo on Tuesday...."

Former Officer Sues APD
Officer claims firing was retaliatory
DAILY News  May 22, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The standoff between Austin Police Department brass and former APD officer Blayne Williams continues...."

A Consent Decree for APD?
Civil rights activists say it's needed
DAILY News  June 27, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Just more than a year after the U.S. Department of Justice closed it's book on a complaint about excessive force and other issues at the Austin Police Department, Nelson Linder of the Austin NAACP and Jim Harrington with the Texas Civil Rights Project, have asked the DOJ to reopen the case, alleging that excessive force is still a major problem within the APD...."

Not So Funny: APD Officers Caught Making Rape Jokes
Last week wasn't so great for APD
News Story  November 6, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Chalk up last week as one the Austin Police Department would like back for a mulligan. It opened with a high-profile loss in court to Antonio Buehler – acquitted last Wednesday of disobeying a lawful order – and ended Friday afternoon with folks throughout the country learning that one of APD's officers might like to tell rape jokes...."

APD Issues Statement on Jackson Shooting
Department release says internal investigations are concluded
DAILY News  September 12, 2013, by Michael King
"...In a curiously abstract press release – with no mention of either Detective Charles Kleinert or shooting victim Larry Jackson Jr. – the APD announced the conclusion of its administrative and criminal investigations into the July 26 shooting..."

APD Releases Name of Officer Involved in Shooting
David Joseph died in hospital after being shot by cop
DAILY News  February 9, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Geoffrey Freeman is the APD officer who shot and killed a teenager in Northeast Austin yesterday...."

APD Officer Terminated
After having the cops called on him several times, APD officer is canned
News Story  June 18, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...H, but it ended up getting him in trouble when Internal Affairs discovered that he'd pushed her mid-conversation and injured her ankle. He also improperly accessed APD's Versadex records management system in order to drum up information about Ms..."

APD Officer Fired for Tampering With Rape Case
Carlos Mayfield sent report to alleged attacker’s mother
DAILY News  May 8, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Interim Police Chief Brian Manley fired APD Officer Carlos Mayfield on Friday, May 5, after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded that the 13-year veteran tampered with a sexual assault case in November. [image-1-right]..."

Deadly Day for APD
Two shootings within 12 hours; one officer is dead
DAILY News  April 6, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo began to cry as he recalled how the 6-year-old daughter of slain APD Officer Jaime Padron leaned in to whisper a question in his ear this afternoon. "'Please tell my grandparents that my dad was a good man,'" he said the little girl told him...."

All Hallow's APD
Because rules make Halloween fun: Cops release Sixth street do's and don'ts
DAILY News  October 31, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...For the full APD press release, see below the fold...."

Scratch That: Dusterhoft Still at APD
We were wrong earlier today, and here's what really happened
DAILY News  November 16, 2018, by News Staff
"...Earlier today we briefly posted and then took offline a story reporting that Austin Police Commander Jason Dusterhoft had retired abruptly amid an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation. That story was not accurate, and Dusterhoft has not retired from APD...."

APD Body Cameras Coming to East Austin Next Week
Departmental rollout of 736 cameras will continue through year's end
DAILY News  October 13, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...In total, APD expects to receive 736 new body cameras. 234 will go on Nov..."

APD Officer Shot in Thursday Morning SWAT Standoff
Officer currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries
DAILY News  April 14, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...An Austin Police officer is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the knee early Thursday morning during a SWAT standoff in North Austin. His injury marks the second non-life-threatening gunshot wound an APD officer has incurred in the past two weeks...."

APD Alerts Public to Synthetic Marijuana Threat
15 potential overdoses in last 23 hours
DAILY News  May 1, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...The Austin Police Department sent out a bulletin this afternoon alerting the public to a potential health risk in synthetic marijuana. The APD and Austin Travis County EMS responded to 15 possible overdoses on synthetic marijuana in the last 23 hour period...."

Acevedo Fires APD Officer for Use of Force
Officer can appeal termination
DAILY News  September 30, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has fired an officer who violated APD policies on use of force during a May encounter that began as a routine traffic stop and ended with a shot fired – but with no one shot...."

Open Questions: Forum on APD Shooting Tonight
Officials discuss shooting of Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr.
DAILY News  August 15, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says that if all goes well, the department's investigations into last month's shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr., by an APD detective will be wrapped up by the second week in September...."

APD Looking at Mike Yassine in Cold Case
Club owner named as person of interest in 2000 disappearance
DAILY News  March 28, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...In yesterday's installment of the Yassine "clubs'n'coke" trial, government attorneys made a brief and oblique reference to Hussein "Mike" Ali Yassine being connected to a cold case homicide investigation by APD. Now APD has confirmed that with a press release linking Yassine to the 2000 disappearance of Paresh Patel...."

APD's Investigation Complete But Biased?
Independent investigation into Nathaniel Sanders shooting death suggests problems within APD
DAILY News  October 5, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...The independent investigation into the shooting death of Nathaniel Sanders II concludes that the APD Internal Affairs investigation was biased, according to a redacted version of the report prepared by KeyPoint Government Solutions...."

Who’s Testing APD’s Backlog of Evidence?
“Everything is on hold”
News Story  February 23, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Austin Police have accumulated more than 4,000 untested DNA cases since the June shutdown of the department's forensics lab, and very little evidence has been tested in the interim. According to updates provided by APD Forensic Unit Commander Mike Eveleth to the Public Safety Com­mis­sion and Sex Crimes Unit Lt..."

Unfinished Business at APD?
A Monday public hearing will review a woman's "official oppression"
News Story  May 16, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...On Monday, May 19, the Austin Police Department's citizen review panel will hold a public hearing to review a charge of "official oppression" against veteran Detective Howard Staha, following an Austin woman's complaint resulting from a decade-old episode that first came to light in 2001. Lucy Neyens has charged Staha with forcing her to perform oral sex in return for protecting her son from criminal retaliation for the boy's cooperation with the APD as a confidential informant..."

APD's Sleep Disorder
The APD praised a longtime officer – until she claimed a disability
News Story  August 24, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...21 of 115 applicants. In June 2009, she was officially promoted and initially reassigned to property crimes, then was recruited for an investigative post with the newly created human trafficking/vice squad – a coveted spot within the APD's prestigious Organ­ized Crime Division...."

APD Pot-Hunters Are Data-Mining at AE
Are you using 'too much' energy? Inquiring drug cops want to know.
News Story  November 16, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...However, the court records do reflect – and city utility documents appear to confirm – that the manner in which Austin police developed a case against Colby, and against at least three other persons, was questionable and possibly based on an illegal search. Colby's lawyer, David Dudley, argues that APD Detective Jeff Haynes used energy-consumption information from thousands of Austin Energy customers – without those customers' knowledge or consent – in an effort to find and focus upon AE customers who, in Haynes' opinion, regularly consume more kilowatt-hours than he believed "typical" for the size of their residence..."

APD Shuts Down Effort to Reopen Crime Lab
Interim Chief Manley: "We recognize the failure in our lab. We're taking responsibility, and pushing forward."
News Story  December 22, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Manley's announcement marked a significant development in what's been a disastrous six months for APD and its DNA lab, which closed in June after an audit from the Texas Forensic Science Com­mis­sion revealed a hefty list of longstanding issues: unapproved DNA testing procedures, inaccurate quality assurance methods, unqualified lab technicians and management, and clear signs of contaminated evidence. The list of oversights has only continued to grow as more information about the lab's troubles has made its way into public knowledge..."

APD’s Social Media Monitoring Efforts Face Crackdowns
Facebook denies access to third-party companies
News Story  November 17, 2016, by John Anderson
"...The Chronicle first reported on Austin-based SMMS company Snap Trends and APD's use of their software last year ("APD Tracks Social Media," Sept. 4, 2015)..."

APD Tracks Social Media
Local social media monitoring software company met with shady digital spying group
News Story  September 3, 2015, by John Anderson
"...The company's website claims their software "builds a clear view of social conversations when and where they occur, the influencers driving them, and why." A Feb. 13 letter from Snap Trends Director of Sales Ken Ross to APD Sgt..."

APD Infiltrates Occupy
Undercover cops revealed in Houston – Acevedo promises review
News Story  September 7, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...It was those concerns about safety, says APD Assistant Chief Sean Mannix, that prompted APD detective Shannon Dowell to get involved last December in constructing a series of lockboxes that the seven protesters were arrested for using at the Port of Houston. Dowell (known to protesters originally as "Butch") was working undercover within the Occupy Austin movement..."

The APD drags its feet on cite-and-release law
News Story  July 25, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...jail last year, 9,902 were arrested on straight class C misdemeanors – everything from failure to wear a seat belt to possession of drug paraphernalia – which carry a maximum penalty of up to a $500 fine but do not actually include the possibility of jail time. Also in 2007, APD officers arrested 5,910 people for nonviolent class A and B misdemeanors for which "cite-and-release" was an option – including driving with a suspended license, certain criminal mischief and graffiti violations, and possession of up to four ounces of marijuana...."

'Chronicle' Loses Suit, but APD Probe Continues
Time sheets of two former officers accused of 'double dipping' will remain secret – for now
News Story  July 30, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...At issue are a year's worth of Austin Police Department time sheets and off-duty contract logs for two former APD officers who the city says are currently under investigation for allegedly "double-dipping" – punching the city's time clock as officers working in the APD's homeland security detail, while actually working secondary, private-sector jobs with Signature Science, an Austin company that specializes in homeland security and counter-terrorism training. The two officers, Cpl..."

APD Knew About Moldy Rape Kits Back in April
Moldy rape kits a problem for prosecution, defense, survivors
News Story  July 6, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Mold has been found growing on the exteriors of 849 rape kits being stored inside the Austin Police Department's evidence warehouse in East Austin, on more than half of the 1,629 untested kits held in that refrigerator. Signature Science – the local lab APD contracted to analyze incoming and backlogged DNA evidence after the lab's June 2016 shuttering – first discovered the mold on a piece of clothing stored inside a kit..."

APD's White Settles: The End of Mala Sangre?
Unanswered questions leave a cloud over top brass
News Story  September 23, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...Earlier this month, a few weeks before trial, the city of Austin and APD Detective Jeff White reached an agreement that ends nearly three and a half years of legal wrangling over a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in connection with the decade-old undercover narcotic trafficking investigation code-named Mala Sangre (Bad Blood). The terms of the settlement are confidential..."

APD: Can We Please Buy Some Top-Secret "StingRays"?
Is APD trying to track your phone?
News Story  October 16, 2014, by John Anderson
"...Department of Justice and the manufacturer of the devices, Harris Corporation. The documents also reflect efforts (apparently unsuccessful, thus far) by the APD to purchase the same equipment...."

Better Training: An RX for APD
Police think-tank offers advice on use of force, community outreach
News Story  November 12, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...Earlier this year, APD Chief Stan Knee asked PERF researchers to conduct a study of his department in response to community concerns about police use of force. The group is made up of police chiefs and policy wonks who aim to improve policing practices through research, training, public policy debate, and management consulting..."

Former APD Officer "Speaks"
Former Austin Police Officer Tim Enlow lashes out at the department's renewed campaign to conquer drug dealing, prostitution, and other crimes in the Rundberg area neighborhood.
News Story  August 16, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...Last week, former Austin Police Officer Tim Enlow sent an e-mail to Texas Monthly publisher Mike Levy in which he lashed out at APD's renewed campaign to conquer drug dealing, prostitution, and other crimes in the Rundberg area neighborhood -- an effort recently publicized in two Austin American-Statesman articles. The message appeared in one of Levy's infamous e-mail blasts to the local political glitterati, which often feature APD officer communiqués and complaints about the state of public safety in Austin..."

Did Failures at APD’s Crime Lab Lead to Sexual Assaults in Houston?
Rape case goes unprosecuted due to contaminated DNA evidence
News Story  October 6, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The man accused of committing the rape responsible in part for shutting down Austin Police's crime lab was, until Tuesday, in custody in Harris County, where he's been charged with the sexual assault of two other individuals. Both assaults were committed recently – in 2014 and this year – well after the rape that occurred in Austin, and well after APD first began to struggle with its examination and analysis of the evidence gathered from that rape...."

A Blue Year: Top 10 APD stories
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...2) Knee Goes Native and Ducks!: In May, APD Chief Stan Knee announced he would retire his position as chief to take a new job, working with government officials in Afghanistan. (No matter how many times we say it, it still sounds funny.) Fortunately (or not), Knee already knew a few folks overseas – including former APD Officer Tim Enlow, who Knee earlier fired, allegedly for racial profiling, and who now works as a sniper charged with protecting Afghan officials...."

Did APD Review Panel Fumble Sexual Misconduct Complaint?
The Police Monitor's panel seemingly misses the point of the Lucy Neyens case.
News Story  June 27, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...Indeed, the recommendation did not address the overriding question of whether APD's Internal Affairs Division properly investigated Neyens' complaint in a thorough and timely manner, without exhibiting a bias toward the accused officer. "I am pleased that the panel has recommended that the files be reviewed by Knee with [specific policies] in mind," Neyens said..."

APD Lacks Multi-Lingual Officers as Populations Continue to Grow
Who’s speaking your language
News Story  November 23, 2016, by Omar Rodriguez Ortiz
"...To this point, APD has never set a specific quota for developing new bilingual officers, says Marci Graham, a sergeant with the department's recruiting division. "We'll take as many as we can," said Graham, who told the Chronicle that she had recently returned from a recruiting trip to Puerto Rico..."

APD to Collect More Data
APD will change policy to require numbers for all stop-and-searches
News Story  April 7, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The Austin Police Department will begin tracking data on instances in which an officer pulls a driver over and conducts a vehicle search that doesn't result in an arrest or citation, as well as instances in which an officer stops a pedestrian and conducts a search for contraband, according to a presentation from Assistant Chief Brian Manley at the Monday meeting of the Public Safety Commission. Prior to this year, APD didn't collect that data, as it's not required by the State Code of Criminal Procedure's policy on racial profiling...."

APD Infiltrates Occupy
Activists say cop encouraged them to break the law
DAILY News  August 30, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...It was those concerns about safety, says APD Assistant Chief Sean Mannix, that prompted APD detective Shannon Dowell to get involved last December in constructing a series of lockboxes eventually used by the eight protesters arrested for wearing them at the Port of Houston. Dowell (known to protesters originally as "Butch") was working undercover within the Occupy Austin movement..."

Did Knee and Futrell Leak APD Warrants?
Whistle-blower testimony raises new questions concerning actions of city officials
News Story  April 29, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...According to testimony given earlier this month in a police whistle-blower lawsuit by an Austin Police Department detective, Austin city officials – including APD Chief Stan Knee and City Manager Toby Futrell – may have compromised an ongoing criminal investigation into the business dealings of a city contractor. According to his sworn deposition, APD Detective David New believes that in the fall of 2003, Knee and Futrell may have indirectly or even intentionally alerted Bonding and Technical Services Inc..."

Bar Targeted in APD Bike-Wreck Probe
TABC, DPS, and APD all looking at circumstances of Jacobsons' fatal accident.
News Story  December 24, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...16, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filed an administrative case against the owner of Cedars Bar and Grill in western Travis Co. and forwarded criminal cases against two bar employees in connection with the fatal motorcycle wreck that killed two APD officers earlier this month..."

APD Holds Little Back in Dusterhoft Firing
Seedy personal life at center of assistant chief's tumble from heights of police brass
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...A tweet from April 2014 captures disgraced Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Jason Dusterhoft on the upswing, grinning for the PIO as then-Chief Art Ace­vedo marks his promotion to the executive team with a new badge. His next four years as an APD poster boy can still be well traced on social media..."

APD Occupies 'Occupy': A Half-Dozen Infiltrators?
Questions remain on the extent of APD surveillance
News Story  March 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the Austin Occupiers, police officers Shannon Dowell, Deek Moore, and Rick Reza encouraged the decision to create and use the device, effectively entrapping the protesters into committing a felony. Those charges were later dismissed, but one question continues to nag the APD: Were as many as six officers surveilling the actions of local Occupiers?..."

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