Ott Takes on Acevedo

City manager reprimands police chief for comments


Art Acevedo (Photo by Jana Birchum)

City Manager Marc Ott issued Austin Police Depart­ment Chief Art Acevedo a written reprimand on Tuesday, April 26, and docked the chief five days' pay – roughly $4,000 – for insubordination after Ott received the results of a third-party investigation (by a former city executive in labor relations) and decided that Acevedo used "poor judgment regarding comments made during a pending IA investigation" – the review of Officer Geoffrey Freeman's fatal shooting of teenager David Joseph – and regarding his handling of the fallout. Acevedo called the accusations "a series of misunderstandings" in a four-page statement issued Tuesday evening that the Chronicle was just beginning to pore through as this week's paper went to press. Expect more in next week's issue.

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