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"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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 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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...The standoff between Austin Police Department brass and former APD officer Blayne Williams continues...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Geoffrey Freeman is the APD officer who shot and killed a teenager in Northeast Austin yesterday...."
"...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..."
"...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]..."
"...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...."
"...For the full APD press release, see below the fold...."
"...In total, APD expects to receive 736 new body cameras. 234 will go on Nov..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...The Austin protesters were arrested and charged with felony "possession of a criminal instrument" in connection with their use of a so-called "lockbox" – a PVC-fashioned sleeve that allows protesters to link themselves together – during a demonstration in Houston that was part of a nationwide "Occupy the Port" action. As the criminal cases proceeded, the protesters learned that there were three APD officers who had not only infiltrated the group, but who actually built the lockboxes used in the port action..."
"...18, a five-woman, two-man jury concluded that Perez's forced resignation was not based on discrimination. Yet as is often the case, the legal decision did not answer all the questions about why – and more particularly how – the decision was made that Perez wasn't fit to wear APD blues...."