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Getting a Ticket Beats Going to Jail
APD nips arrest policy to address jail overcrowding
News Story  October 10, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...After meeting last month with law enforcement representatives from Travis, Williamson, and Hays counties, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says his department is now ready to begin implementing the so-called cite-and-release law that allows officers to issue citations for low-level nonviolent misdemeanor crimes instead of taking offenders in for a night in jail. "The cops are on board," says Acevedo..."

The New M.O. at City Hall
City Manager Marc Ott opens up on his new job, his new city, and his philosophy of governance
News Story  August 15, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...What makes Marc Ott tick? How might the new city manager's leadership change the direction of Austin? That's been a subject of keen curiosity ever since City Council named Ott to the city's top administrative post in January. Ott preferred to keep a low public profile as he got up to speed on his enormous new job: managing 12,000 city employees, 25 departments, and a budget of approximately $2.8 billion..."

Olsen Hearing Raises More Questions Than Answers on APD Policy
Will Austin Police Department Sgt. Michael Olsen get his job back?
News Story  February 29, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...After four days of testimony before the city's Civil Service Commission, it was still unclear last week whether fired Austin Police Department Sgt. Michael Olsen will get his job back – precisely because it is still unclear whether Olsen violated APD policy when he shot and killed 25-year-old Kevin Brown early on the morning of June 3, after a foot chase that began in the parking lot of Chester's Nightclub in East Austin and ended in the courtyard of a neighboring apartment complex...."

Naked City
News Story  February 8, 2008
"...• The California State Personnel Board has ruled in favor of Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo, finding that several top officials with the California Highway Patrol retaliated against him after he applied to take over the top spot at CHP in 2004. The board found that former CHP Commissioner Dwight Helmick "orchestrated" retaliation against Acevedo after he applied for Helmick's job in 2004, reports the Los Angeles Times..."

Naked City
News Story  June 29, 2007
"...• As part of the city auditor's City Council-ordered examination of local public safety, citizens have one last chance to give their feedback about the Austin Police Department, Austin Park Police, Airport Police, City Marshals, and the Office of the Police Monitor. Austin Listening is the independent program created to collect the public's feelings and experiences – good or bad..."

Beside the Point: Game Over
How to win friends and influence budgets
News Column  June 22, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...But rightly or wrongly, the talks are unfolding under the budget-cinching specter of a deficit. And like the last few budgets – ever since the city handed over its own ass in salary negotiations with the Austin Police Department, only to immediately realize the error of its ways – public safety has been at the forefront of the inflammatory editorial and e-mail campaign passing for debate..."

God vs. Taser: Officer Sues APD
Former rookie officer claims he was forced to resign because of his religious beliefs after he refused to comply with a supervisor's order to use excessive force on a suspect
News Story  December 29, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Former Austin Police Department rookie Officer Ramon Perez filed a civil lawsuit on Dec. 19 against the department, his former supervisors, and an APD psychologist, claiming he was forced to resign because of his religious beliefs after he refused to comply with a supervisor's order to use excessive force on a suspect..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  September 15, 2006
"...The Austin study showed that PAH levels in runoff were 65% higher from sealed parking lots than from unsealed ones, that PAHs are toxic to aquatic life, and that they're degrading the health of Austin's creeks. Tom Ennis, who manages the city's Watershed Protection and Development Review Department, says coal-tar sealants pollute runoff for virtually the entire 10 years it takes them to completely wash off pavement..."

Ehrhardt's Murderer Sought Cash, Marijuana
Police arrest a San Antonio man for allegedly killing UT student
News Story  November 18, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...That day, Austin police received a tip that the person who killed Ehrhardt was named "Jason"; an officer with the Live Oak, Texas, police department also called investigators to report that a Steven Duparc (a "subject" known by Live Oak PD) had called to report that Ehrhardt was involved in buying and selling marijuana. Police later learned that Duparc allegedly brokered a deal in which Ehrhardt sold 10 pounds of marijuana to Chacon and another man..."

Darkness and Confusion
Rocha grand jury file raises as many questions as it answers
News Story  August 26, 2005, by Jordan Smith
"...Since the no-bill, the case has moved on to APD's Internal Affairs Unit, whose investigators will conduct an administrative inquiry to determine if any department policies were broken during the fatal incident. At this stage, the officers' statements may in fact lead to some punishment..."

Naked City
Headlines and happening from Austin and beyond
News Story  February 11, 2005, by Lee Nichols
"...• The Texas Department of Public Safety this week released a report detailing the department's probe into the Dec. 11 motorcycle wreck that killed Austin Police Cmdr..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 23, 2004
"...Letter to the editor of The Austin Chronicle, The Austin Police Department is very concerned with the article on July 16 titled "You Can't Have That!" [News]. The article contained inaccurate information, which according to the article, was provided to the Chronicle by unnamed sources..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  June 25, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The Austin Police Department on June 18 graduated 78 new officers, the largest class of cadets ever commissioned in the history of the department. The new officers will be assigned to patrol in one of the city's nine area commands..."

A Gay-Bashing in the East Sixth 'Dead Zone'
A brawl outside Emo's raises questions about police protection east of Red River
News Story  June 11, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...Buchman could not confirm or discount Culverhouse's story about the officer who failed to respond to requests for help on May 29 – "that is concerning to us as well," he said. He said that the department is looking into it, but suggested that in the heat of the moment Culverhouse's friends might have mistaken a security guard posted across the street at the Texas Lottery Commission for an APD officer..."

Naked City
Breaking stories from Austin and beyond
News Story  April 23, 2004, by Michael King and Lee Nichols
"...Investigative reports on two widely watched stories about the Austin Police Department come to very different conclusions. See below...."

Naked City
APD and the sheriff take different approaches to comply with state law
News Story  March 5, 2004, by Jordan Smith
"...On March 2, the Travis Co. Sheriff's Office and the Austin Police Department each made public racial profiling data collected during 2003, an annual exercise required by the 3-year-old state law (SB 1074) banning the practice..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  October 17, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Austin-based Texas Department of Public Safety DNA and serology lab supervisor Irma Rios has been hired to take over as the new director at the Houston Police Department crime lab, the Houston Chronicle reported on Oct. 9..."

Budget Battles, Round One:
Austin firefighters start a blaze of their own in response to the department's controversial budget-cutting proposal.
News Story  August 15, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The City Council got no free pass last week as it began in earnest its review and deliberations on City Manager Toby Futrell's proposed fiscal 2004 budget. The first group of departments up to bat -- public safety -- comprises by far the most expensive services in the city General Fund; police, fire, and EMS consume nearly all of the city's sales- and property-tax revenue..."

Mental Health Care Meltdown: Is There Room for Hope?
Austin police and mental health advocates make recommendations for patching Travis County's tattered safety net.
News Story  April 4, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...But local mental health advocates hope the report will provide at least some impetus for getting those holes patched up. According to APD spokesman Kevin Buchman, Knee has made the mental health issue one of the department's priorities for 2003..."

Must Stan Take the Stand?
Questions about the APD's disciplinary sanctions mean the chief might have to take the stand.
News Story  June 14, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...Will Austin Police Department Chief Stan Knee have to testify in court regarding his department's allegedly disparate disciplinary sanctions? That's the question currently before Travis County District Court Judge Julie Kocurek -- and if defense attorney Steve Edwards has his way, the court's answer will be "yes." Kocurek is expected to make her decision on June 19...."

Compassionate Profiling
The Austin Police Department is helping John Ashcroft's dragnet; critics say they may be violating state and city law in doing so.
News Story  December 14, 2001, by Lee Nichols
"...APD officers would not be involved in detaining interviewees, Flaningan added, a condition the department negotiated with the U.S. attorney's office..."

Naked City
APD officer Samuel Ramirez is convicted of official oppression for forcing a woman to have sex with him while on duty, but a witness's statement may force a mistrial.
News Story  April 6, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...After nearly nine hours of deliberations over the course of two days, a jury on Monday found 36-year-old Austin Police Department officer Samuel Ramirez guilty of official oppression, in a case that has been plodding through the district court system for more than two years. Ramirez was convicted of forcing a Southeast Austin woman to perform oral sex on him after he responded to a burglar alarm call at her friend's home in March 1999..."

Council Watch
Citizens voice their approval of the recommendations of the Police Oversight Focus Group; proposed City Hall balloons and its price tag grows; Rainey Street Historic District nears its day of reckoning.
News Column  June 9, 2000, by Jonathan David Carroll
"...The department also opposes making portions of the investigation public before disciplinary action is taken, McDonald said. "I think it's important for officers to understand that there's going to be a process in place where all of the facts are going to be taken into consideration and that they will not be tried by the media."..."

Naked City
The tragic shooting of Austin Parks Police officer William Jones highlights deficiencies in pay and staffing levels in the parks police department.
News Story  June 2, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...In 1997, shortly after Kiersa Alexandra Paul was murdered on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, city officials began talking about upgrading the city's park police department, which at that time numbered just 30 officers. That number has since increased to 40 officers, but it's still not enough..."

High-Tech Heist
A former Power Computing company employee stole memory modules and drew a 25-year prison sentence.
News Story  December 24, 1999, by Brett Holloway-Reeves
"...Power Computing assembled and sold Macintosh clones, and was bruited as a hot young company, especially by the Apple Corporation, which hoped that Kang and entrepreneurs like him would expand the Macintosh market. Then as now, only about 5% or 6% of computer users were buying Macs, but Apple's marketing department felt they could change those numbers by generating some artificial competition with Mac clones...."

Men at Work
City's day laborer program undergoes successful overhaul
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...The neighborhood protestors who picketed the site in its first days of operation have gone home. Officials of the Austin Police Department, INS, and the city of Austin have all expressed pleasant surprise at the way the program is going...."

Naked City
Off the Desk:
News Story  June 3, 1999
"...Over 400 law enforcement professionals representing 139 agencies, from the El Paso Police Department to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, packed the downtown Sheraton for last week's "Community Policing Texas Style" convention. Hosted by the Austin Police Department, the convention was designed to explore the benefits of community policing, and to share tools of the trade that make such efforts successful..."

Dangerous Liaisons
A Gay Man's Search for Sex Ends in His Murder
News Story  March 14, 1997, by Amy Smith
"...It happens all too frequently, says Lt. Charles Johnson, who oversees the Austin Police Department's missing persons division..."

The Last Don
Bob Bullock: The Crusty Boss of Texas Politics
News Story  January 31, 1997, by Robert Bryce
"...Until he stopped drinking, Bullock favored Old Charter bourbon. In 1978, he was arrested by the Austin Police Department and charged with driving while intoxicated..."

You Be the Judge
Sex, lies, and politics in the 331st District Court
News Story  March 1, 2018, by Nina Hernandez and Chase Hoffberger
"...Concurrently, in the Statesman, Eldridge got hit with two pieces alleging serious problems with her character, one of them criminal in nature. Last Thursday, the daily reported details of a suspended Austin Police Department investigation, dating from 2006, into accusations by a 16-year-old Brazilian foreign exchange student that Eldridge seduced him while he was living with her and her 8-year-old son..."

APD’s Social Media Monitoring Efforts Face Crackdowns
Facebook denies access to third-party companies
News Story  November 17, 2016, by John Anderson
"...What many who checked-in didn't realize was exactly how law enforcement agencies monitor social media. Hundreds of agencies across the county, including the Austin Police Department, use social media monitoring software (SMMS) developed by third-party companies that tap into the hidden data collected by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other networks for the direct purpose of determining users' locations..."

Rundberg Rising
How do you keep improving a neighborhood after $1 million in grant money runs out?
News Story  October 13, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...In 2013, the Austin Police Department received a three-year, $1 million Byrne Crim­inal Justice Innovation grant from the Department of Justice to fund the Restore Rundberg initiative. The purpose of that program, according to its own mission statement, was "to improve the quality of life, health, safety, education, and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood." [inset-1]..."

The Sanctity of All Life?
Notes on David Joseph's death
DAILY News  February 12, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...“We do value the sanctity of all life here at the department. So yesterday’s events, as with all of our officer-involved shootings, are tragedies that we look to avoid when possible.”..."

Countdown to Open Carry
APD discusses their plans for open carry
News Story  December 17, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Earlier this month, members of the Austin Police Department presented to the city's Public Safety Commission the department's plans to police those carrying handguns after the Jan. 1, 2016 implementation of House Bill 910, which allows those with concealed handgun licenses to carry unconcealed, holstered handguns in public places..."

The case of the barbecue bandits
Food Column  January 8, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...There is concern the meat is not being refrigerated during transport, which could ultimately cause health issues. On Monday, APD Detective Rickey Jones advised us that Avery had been arrested by the Travis County Sheriff's department..."

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 Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
Musical chairs at Downtown HQ
News Story  May 8, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...The upper echelons of the Austin Police Department saw some major changes late last month, with one man demoted, another promoted, and a third saying "sayonara."..."

Peaceful Streets Summit: Avoiding Vertical Video Syndrome
Police watcher summit spills lots of rhetorical blood but little in the way of achievable action
News Story  August 23, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Her problem (the guy sitting in front of me explained) stemmed from a Friday rally against dog shootings outside the Austin Police Department, and the fact that no one here had shown up in support. She was angry..."

Judge on Byron Carter Shooting: Take It to a Jury
Judge clears the way for family of victim of fatal police shooting to pursue civil rights suit
News Story  May 24, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In a statement released earlier this month in response to questions raised by a KXAN report that detailed portions of the CRP findings, Acevedo said that the department's review of the incident was "exhaustive" and noted that a "diverse" grand jury concluded that the officers "acted in a legal manner" the night that Carter was killed. (Notably, a grand jury also declined to indict Webb on any criminal charges related to his actions that evening.) "I am confident that once all the evidence related to the Byron Carter shooting can be released, the reasons for the grand jury and my findings will be readily supported by the facts and evidence in this tragic incident."..."

Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Palindrome's staging succeeds in the acting department but fails as a political statement
Arts Review  May 25, 2012, by Dan Solomon
"...The program for Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a newsprint tabloid featuring a page-and-a-half director's note in which O'Hearn explains his desire to tie the events of the play to recent events involving the Austin Police Department. Subsequent pages offer editorials about police brutality, and O'Hearn himself takes the stage before the play begins to remind the audience that this is capital-R Relevant..."

Was Cop's Fatal Shooting Justified?
Police continue investigating officer-involved shooting
News Story  October 7, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...According to the Austin Police Department, on the night of May 30, a teenager deliberately drove a vehicle into an APD officer, pinning the officer against a car parked on Eighth Street just east of I-35. Fearing for his partner's life, police say, another officer fired several shots into the car, wounding the 16-year-old driver and killing the passenger, 20-year-old Byron Carter...."

City Hall Hustle: Budget and the Thin Blue Lines
Council returns to budget deliberations and the lingering questions of the Sanders shooting
News Column  July 23, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...The fiscal preamble actually began last week, with the release of results from the city's online voting, which asked citizens to rank service reductions and add-backs to city departments. The results are, to put it very politely, intriguing...."

Attorneys File Final Arguments in Dunn Case
Arbitrator's decision expected
News Story  June 11, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...With a decision still pending in the civil service case of former Austin Police Department Internal Affairs Detective Chris Dunn, who was fired last year for exhibiting bias in an investigation into the 2009 police shooting death of Nathaniel Sanders II, Dunn's attorney Tom Stribling has made one final attempt to have the charge against Dunn tossed out...."

City Hall Hustle: Songs in the Key of Council
Players in proposed music department singing off different pages
News Column  July 10, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...The consummation came some two weeks ago, with the editorial, "Timing off to create music department in Austin," in which the daily echoed APA complaints about creating the department in the thick of a budget shortfall. "If the city can siphon money from other sources to build a music department," said the Statesman, "then why not tap those sources to maintain library services, pool hours, parks and street maintenance?"..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  April 24, 2009
"...• PELLET PERP POPPED On April 17, Austin police arrested a 48-year-old man who they believe to the pellet gun perp responsible for firing rounds at motorists on Southwest Parkway several times since late 2007. Darren Inberg (pictured) has been charged with deadly conduct for allegedly firing a pellet gun randomly at cars driving west along the 5900 block of Southwest Parkway between 1 and 3am – hitting the personal cars of several off-duty Austin Police Department officers as well as a Bee Cave officer who suffered an eye injury after his car was hit in November..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
News Story  December 12, 2008
"...• APD Ready to Cite and Release Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says his department is putting the finishing touches on a new citation form that will be integral to the January implementation of the state's cite-and-release law, which allows officers to issue citations for some low-level nonviolent misdemeanors – including simple possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana – instead of taking offenders in for a night at the Travis County Jail. Passed by state lawmakers last year, the citation law does not change the potential criminal penalties associated with the offenses it covers but should save money and ease jail crowding..."

Offended by Poster
Postmarks  July 18, 2008
"...Dear Editor, I just have to ask a question of the Austin Police Department. I had the unfortunate experience of visiting the Austin Police Department substation at Lamplight and Parmer Lane to obtain a copy of a police report for a stolen vehicle..."

Naked City
News Story  June 15, 2007
"...• Kevin Alexander Brown was laid to rest Friday, June 8, as the investigation continued into his June 3 death. Brown was shot dead by Austin Police Department Sgt..."

Naked City
News Story  April 27, 2007
"...Barger returned fire, striking Lamar in the leg before Lamar fled, locking himself in a duplex on Edgedale Drive. The Austin Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit was called to the scene (and, eventually, the Travis County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was called to assist), and negotiators spent the next 15 hours talking with Lamar..."

Who's in Charge at APD?
It's difficult to say who's running the cop shop these days
News Story  January 12, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...And now for a pop quiz: Do you know who is sitting up on the gilded fifth floor of Austin Police Department HQ, handling all the administrative goings-on and, ultimately, overseeing operations of the more-than-1,300-officer force? If not, don't worry, because you're not alone. Indeed, it's hard to say who's running the shop these days..."

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