Meeting the Monitor
By Michael King, Fri., July 5, 2002
Jones also volunteered that she had yet to receive any complaints regarding the June 11 shooting of Sophia King at East Austin's Rosewood projects. However, the monitor's office (which cannot initiate its own investigations of possible police misconduct) is automatically kept apprised of the investigation of any incident involving a police shooting, and Jones said she will be monitoring the entire investigation, including APD's ongoing internal affairs review.
During Jones' presentation, King's aunt Alice Pickens arrived at the meeting and asked for more detail about the monitor's review. Jones offered her sympathy to Pickens and her family, reiterated that the monitor's prescribed role in the case is limited to review and recommendations to the APD and the city, and promised Pickens that her office would perform an "honest, straightforward, sincere, and thorough job." After the meeting, Pickens told a reporter that although she did not see the incident, she believes police could have subdued King without shooting her. The next meeting is Tuesday, July 9, at Covenant United Methodist Church (4410 Duval). All meetings are 7-9pm.
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