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No Prosecution for APD Officer
Freeman won't be charged in teen's death
News Story  May 19, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, told the Chronicle that he believes the grand jury may have decided that Freeman was following the training he'd received, and that he believed he was using a reasonable amount of force under the standard established by the Supreme Court in Graham v. Connor in 1989..."

Sixth Street Showdown
Downtown is growing, and with that growth come rising tensions between police, partiers, and activists
News Story  February 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Last fall, changes in DTAC working conditions led Austin Police Association Pres­ident Ken Casaday to take a tour of the local TV newscasts to talk about how the officers assigned to DTAC didn't want to work there any longer, and lament the process by which the chiefs' Fifth Floor has chosen to staff the area. To hear Casaday tell it, staffing Downtown – once the choice beat of patrolling officers – is now the bottom of the rung, with officers – often young officers just off their 15-month probationary period – getting assigned to work there against their wishes...."

Labor Update: Work and Life at APD
Contract negotiations continue with the Austin Police Association
News Story  June 29, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"..."I have no reason to doubt that we won't get to an agreement. Where they are is obviously something only they know." APA President Ken Casaday didn't disagree, saying nothing at that point was "off the table."..."

Ott and Acevedo at Odds
City manager reprimands police chief for insubordination, sparking rumors
News Story  May 5, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Acevedo didn't. Instead, he went to APA President Ken Casaday and said he wanted to clarify his comments to the cadets and their training officers..."

Officer Who Killed Teen Fired
Joseph family's attorney calls the decision a "good first step"
News Story  March 24, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...CLEAT and the Austin Police Association have argued that Joseph's death is an unwelcome byproduct of insufficient training – a body lost because of the department's willingness to understaff neighborhood patrol shifts (or because of current troubles recruiting new officers). APA President Ken Casaday told the Chronicle that while continuing education is made available to the officers, the classes are typically difficult to attend because of the staffing constraints on patrol..."

Labor Negotiations: A Matter of Police Oversight
Police Monitor Deven Desai brings his agenda to bargaining sessions
News Story  June 15, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...Representatives from the Austin Police Association expressed initial skepticism at the proposal, questioning why the city would give privileged information to a citizen who isn't legally bound to keep that information private. The group has a recent history with the city on this subject: Executive members were "shocked," said APA President Ken Casaday, to learn that Frasier had held informal closeout meetings during her tenure..."

Activists' Hopes for Police Negotiations Hinge on Statute of Limitations
Focus part of effort to overhaul culture of APD
News Story  September 14, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"..."They just want to get rid of the whole thing," said APA President Ken Casaday after the conference at City Hall. "As far as we're concerned, they would be really hurting themselves more than they would be hurting us if they did that..."

Austin Police Consider Community Reforms
After a year spent making headlines APD prioritizes policing equity
News Story  November 3, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, said he's appreciated the effort to get union representatives together in meetings with local activists, but has been hesitant to endorse many of the initiatives the AJC has brought forward. "My concern with [citizens having more say in policy-making at the department] is that police chiefs have been policing for several years..."

Notes on Kamp: Tragedy in Austin
The death of teen David Joseph should be a wake-up call
News Column  February 18, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...But I hope that we can all agree that no matter what, the death of a child is a tragedy, and it should be mourned as such. Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday described Joseph as an "adult man." But I remember being 17; I remember when my brother, who's six years younger than I am, was 17; and I remember the 17-year-old students I had at a job before this one..."

APA Chief Punches Horse-Molester
Union head unlikely to face consequences
News Story  June 30, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday drew heat from the nightly news last week when it was reported that the 17-year veteran was under review with the Downtown Area Chain of Command for dropping a forearm across the upper body of a 23-year-old...."

APA President Files Grievance
Complaint calls for Citizen Review Panel overhaul, Frasier's dismissal
News Story  April 14, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Longstanding tensions between the Austin Police Association and the Office of the Police Monitor were rekindled April 5, when APA President Ken Casaday filed a grievance with City Manager Marc Ott requesting that Ott fire Police Monitor Margo Frasier and restructure the role OPM plays in the city's commitment to police oversight...."

What Will It Take to Get More Police Oversight?
If Greg Casar wants more accountability for cops, the city’s gonna need to give the police union some more money
News Story  May 25, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...(See a copy of the recommendations, along with the section of the agreement that defines citizen oversight.) They're good ideas, and from this seat not particularly noxious to the APA's 2,000 members. APA President Ken Casaday wouldn't respond to specific recommendations while negotiations were ongoing, but offered the following: "The APA welcomes all input from community stakeholders..."

Six Figures of Sick Pay
Did Acevedo backpedal on a suspension to avoid arbitration?
News Story  September 8, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...According to Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, secondary employment infractions occur "on a fairly regular basis." In a January bulletin sent to APA membership, Casaday wrote: "What normally happens with these violations? Our employer disciplines the officer and everyone moves on." (Indeed, Roberts was quickly dismissed from his position on the Cap Metro contract.) APD's Employee Handbook, however, stipulates that the chief can discipline officers for secondary employment infractions if the infractions also violate APD policy. That brought Roberts in front of Internal Affairs for a review in mid-October..."

Cop Disciplined for Celebrating David Joseph's Death on Comments Board
17-year veteran and APA board member receives 3-day suspension
DAILY News  August 18, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...This time Chiappardi was cited for violating APD policy pertaining to Prohibited Speech, Expression and Conduct, which requires department personnel to avoid “speech or expression that, while not made pursuant to an official duty, is significantly linked to … the Austin Police Department and tends to compromise or damage the mission, function, reputation or professionalism” of APD. Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday confirmed to the Chronicle Thursday morning that Chiappardi, who currently serves as secretary for the APA, plans to take the suspension to arbitration...."

What’s It Cost the City When a Cop Hits a Cyclist?
After two years of negotiations, injured cyclist receives settlement
News Story  December 22, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...APD has been predictably tight-lipped about Bailey's collision; its public information office merely confirmed generally that a settlement had been reached. Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday told the Chronicle that the department had room for improvement when it comes to officer driving training..."

Did APD Short Officers Overtime?
Police union pres. says lawsuit "likely"
News Story  July 16, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...19, 2014), pertains in large part to the time officers spend getting their vehicles and themselves ready before their actual shifts begin. According to a memo sent to officers by Austin Police Associa­tion President Ken Casaday, a lawsuit "will be likely."..."

Bringing Body Cameras Into Focus
Public Safety Committee considers new technology
DAILY News  September 29, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The PSC took testimony from five stakeholders: Kim Rossmo, chair of the city’s Public Safety Commission; Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday; local NAACP President Nelson Linder; Police Monitor Margo Frasier; and Ely Reyes, commander of APD’s technology unit. Each spoke to a sentiment expressed at the top by Rossmo: “We support the idea, but like any new implementation, they come with potential for unintended consequences.”..."

Parsing Buehler for Public Safety
Police accountability activist's commission nomination makes waves
DAILY News  May 3, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...On Friday, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said that he wasn’t excited about the prospect of Buehler – and his “pre-determined agenda” – sitting on the commission, and told the Chronicle that he plans to lobby against the nomination before Council. He said that he believes Buehler is unqualified to sit on the Public Safety Commission, which advises the police department, fire department, and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, and worries that Buehler will spend too much time focusing on police issues to be an asset to the commission’s other components..."

Budget, Contracts, and APD
Activists press City Council on police accountability
DAILY News  April 24, 2017, by Michael King
"...Nearly all the witnesses pressed Council for a stronger accountability system, although in his testimony, APA President Ken Casaday reminded Council and the audience that the meet-and-confer contract is not imposed, but negotiated. He pointed out that the CRP came about via contractual concessions by the union, and that certain rights – e.g, that accused officers be given time to compose a response to charges – arose because officers, unlike accused civilians, are required to provide a response..."

APA Files Grievance Against APD
Association accuses Acevedo of being retaliatory in his discipline
DAILY News  January 25, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...28, with his appeal pending (appeals often take roughly one year to settle), he retired from his position as a lieutenant with APD. Should a third-party arbitrator eventually overturn the indefinite suspension, McMiller would have the status of his discharge go from “dishonorable” to “honorable” (or “regular”), and be paid out for the sick time he’d accrued over his 22 years on the force – a figure APA President Ken Casaday estimates exceeds $100,000..."

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