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OPM Report: Probable Cause for Concern
Latest report on police complaints reflects a troubling increase
"...allegations of misconduct, reads the report posted to the OPM website...."

Nov. 29, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

CLEAT, City Standoff Over Police Monitor
Police union threatens legal action if OPM continues with no contract
"...wrapped up in the contract. She soon returned: The OPM would continue to operate, to the extent that it..."

Jan. 19, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

The Daily Hustle: 11/8/10
Meet six finalists for Police Monitor
"...the city's looking at six finalists to chair the OPM's Citizen Review Panel...."

Nov. 8, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Police Oversight: Starting From Scratch
Farah Muscadin’s work in progress
"...officer misconduct (rather than a sworn affidavit), giving the OPM the authority to file complaints on its own, allowing..."

Sept. 14, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

APA President Files Grievance
Complaint calls for Citizen Review Panel overhaul, Frasier's dismissal
"...fire Police Monitor Margo Frasier and restructure the role OPM plays in the city's commitment to police oversight...."

April 15, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Point Austin: Watching the Watchers
City nears a crucial choice for the next police monitor
"...generally encouraged the candidates to try to strengthen the OPM, perhaps in the direction of subpoena power – the..."

Dec. 10, 2010 News Column by Michael King

Austin @ Large: Oversight, Out of Mind
As the city and police union move forward, what's being left behind?
"...abuses, real or imagined, can be channeled. Whatever the OPM and panel's actual powers to respond to those abuses,..."

March 12, 2004 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

The Stolen Bride
Irian Jaya Troubles Continue...
"...24 people by members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) has intensified international attention on the Indonesian province of..."

Jan. 19, 1996 News Feature

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
"...Office of the Police Monitor, or drives to the OPM's Northeast Austin office and delivers it in person. That..."

May 26, 2017 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Austin Police Consider Community Reforms
After a year spent making headlines APD prioritizes policing equity
"...by the Office of the Police Monitor, and in OPM reports published in the few years before that. In..."

Nov. 4, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Disproportionate Force
Police Monitor releases 2014 review
"...a rate disproportional to other races. According to the OPM's findings, and as detailed in the 94-page summarization of..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Point Austin: Sharpening Teeth
Remedial dentistry in order for Police Monitor
"...Rocha case – a police shooting death termed, in OPM parlance, a "critical incident." (See last week's "Point Austin.")..."

Nov. 11, 2005 News Column by Michael King

Lucy Neyens Asks: Is My Case Closed?
The APD sexual-misconduct case remains in official limbo.
"...seven months since Neyens presented her case to the OPM's citizens review panel. And it's been more than four..."

Dec. 26, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

'Something Went Wrong'
Six months after he was killed by an Austin cop, Jessie Owens' family still wants some basic answers
"...of Greater Calvary Baptist Church, a member of the OPM's citizen review panel, and a friend of Hazel Obey...."

Dec. 12, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

APD to Collect More Data
APD will change policy to require numbers for all stop-and-searches
"...for future implementation. But it comes as a welcome development. Con­ver­sa­tions about the release of the OPM report have..."

April 8, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Meet-and-Confer Draws Fire
Council takes a deep breath, gets reassurances from staff about police contract
"...spelled out in the prior deal, which created the OPM and panel, but are not in the proposed agreement..."

March 19, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Battle Lines Drawn in City-Police Dispute
The police union walks away from contract talks, leaving civilian oversight in limbo
"...directed not only at Knee but also at the OPM's Citizen Review Panel, whose members the week before recommended..."

Feb. 20, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Better Training: An RX for APD
Police think-tank offers advice on use of force, community outreach
"...also recommend that APD strengthen its relationship with the OPM as well as its communication with citizens. One strategy..."

Nov. 12, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Ashton Cumberbatch takes the hot seat at a low point in police-community relations
"...and onto his desk. As a member of the OPM citizen review panel, Cumberbatch has already been through the..."

Nov. 7, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Cops, Medics, and How the City Treats Them
Labor agreements, disagreements, and more
"...The union says OPM access should cease during impasse, but city lawyers argued..."

March 30, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Austin Police Association Files Injunction Against Police Monitor
Union seeks to bar PM from IA investigations during impasse
"...the APA's impasse with the city has rendered the OPM's role in new IA investigations unlawful, and filed an..."

March 2, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Substantive Proposals
Police oversight, left and right
"...Muscadin told me on Friday that running the OPM is her "dream job," and that her experience makes..."

Feb. 2, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Outlook Good for Police Contract
Both sides appear satisfied with the recently negotiated employment contract for Austin police
"...over complaint intake. Previously, a resident headed into the OPM to complain about an officer (or officers) would fill..."

Sept. 19, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Not From Austin
"...pro-white, he's been allowed to remain as head of OPM as the Austin police struggles for support. (Iris Jones..."

Nov. 15, 2005 Postmarks

APA, Futrell Turn Up the Heat
The city manager and police union continue slinging barbs over the withholding of the King investigation results.
"...such probe under the contract provisions that created the OPM and its citizens review panel.) The first of these..."

Dec. 19, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Sophia King: Is the Case Closed?
The city should have known its report couldn't bring "closure" in the Eastside shooting death.
"...the city couldn't keep. By insisting that, in any OPM-initiated independent investigation, officers would be compelled to submit to..."

Oct. 3, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Iris Jones announces her resignation at a critical moment for civilian oversight of APD
"...John Coffey. Some in the APD rank-and-file felt the OPM's decision -- made by the citizen review panel that..."

July 25, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Austin @ Large: The Real 'Victim No. 1'
Another summer, another shooting, and a moment of truth for police oversight
"...In its two highest-profile cases so far, the OPM and its review panel have sent mixed signals. In..."

June 27, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Austin Stories
"...Mike Heitz, currently director of Austin's Watershed Protection and Development Review Dept. Heitz, a Louisville native, ran Austin's parks..."

June 6, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
AISD Bond Vote Set
"...efforts to negotiate their release, the Free Papua Movement (OPM), an indigenous rebel group, continues to hold 13 hostages..."

Feb. 9, 1996 News Feature

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