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UPDATED: Austin Police Department's Alarming Use of Force Rate
Injury-causing force used in over 900 traffic stops in 2018
"...the numbers his department reported to the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement regarding the use of force resulting from..."

April 10, 2019 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Acevedo Fires APD Officer for Use of Force
Officer can appeal termination
"...Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has fired an officer who violated APD policies on use of force during..."

Sept. 30, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Police Use of Force Declined in 2007
The number of times police used force against Austin residents declined last year
"...Austin Police arrested slightly fewer people in 2007, but used force less often when making those arrests, according to..."

Dec. 18, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Report: Arrests Up, Use of Force Down
While there was an overall increase in arrests made by Austin Police last year, the overall rate of police use of force declined, according to a recent APD report
"...– up 6.7% over 2004 – the overall rate of police use of force declined by 4.5%, according to..."

Sept. 22, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Tasers Helped Reduce Use of Force, APD Report Says
But critics still worry about physical effects
"...Incidents of police use of force declined in 2004 along with..."

July 29, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Officer Suspended for Excessive Use of Force
Officer Christopher Gray gets 70-day suspension for excessive use of force and acts bringing discredit to APD for his role in September arrest
"...dated April 25, Austin Police Chief Stan Knee handed Officer Christopher Gray a 70-day suspension for excessive use of..."

May 5, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

How to Use Use-of-Force Reports
"...Editors, Re: Use-of-force reports: no/no/no. Haven't you read the reports? Masked behind..."

Oct. 5, 2006 Postmarks

News Roundup: Use of Force, Apartments, & TNCs
Jury awards $1M in civil rights suit; SOI ordinance halted
"...dollars after being punched and Tasered by a couple of APD officers; Austin landlords can refuse to accept Section..."

March 9, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

Excessive Use of Task Force
Texas Civil Rights Project files a lawsuit on behalf of a Spicewood woman falsely accused of growing marijuana.
"...On Jan. 24, Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project filed a federal lawsuit..."

Feb. 1, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Officer Fired for Unjustified Use of Deadly Force
Officer Wayne Williamson indefinately suspended for firing his gun several times into a crowded parking lot at a fleeing suspect
"...Chief Art Acevedo indefinitely suspended (read: fired) nine-year veteran Officer Wayne Wil­liam­son, also a vet of the war in..."

Aug. 31, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

UPDATE: Ott Asks DOJ For Review of Police Tactics
Request comes on heels of Jackson shooting death
"...UPDATE: In the wake of last month's police shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson,..."

Aug. 5, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

City's Racism Task Force Unveils Report
Group focuses on five issues to combat institutional racism
"...On Monday, after five months of review, the city’s relatively new Task Force on Institutional..."

April 4, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Release of Breaion King Arrest Footage Leads to APD Investigations
Police and community members meet for “an open, honest dialogue”
"...are under way at APD into the policing strategies of two Henry sector (Southeast) cops and the oversight of..."

July 22, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Investigation of Officer-Involved Shooting Closed
Wagner will face no discipline
"...Art Acevedo today announced that the administrative investigation into Officer Nathan Wagner has been closed and that the officer..."

March 9, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Lord of War
Gattaca writer-director Andrew Niccol shines his usual cynicism on the subject of gunrunning in his new film, a strange amalgam of compelling visuals and fascinating vocational details forged with deep moral ambivalence and often hollow didacticism.
"...Eamonn Walker and Sammi Rotibi. Andrew Niccol, the writer-director of Gattaca and S1mOne (as well as the writer of..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Sanctity of All Life?
Notes on David Joseph's death
"...“We do value the sanctity of all life here at the department. So yesterday’s events,..."

Feb. 12, 2016 News Post by Kahron Spearman

City of Ghosts
Battling ISIS with journalism
"...last film was the Oscar-nominated Cartel Land, and City of Ghosts only ups the ante when it comes to..."

July 28, 2017 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Journey of a Gun
Gun traveled circuitous path to Kevin Brown's hands
" known as "Icy Mike," was calling on behalf of another young man, Austin Ayers. Ayers had told Smith..."

Oct. 5, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

UT Hosting Debate on Visions of McCain and Obama
Event Thursday at LBJ School, free and open to public
"...presidential candidate to support, UT's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is hosting an event this Thursday to..."

Oct. 21, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

Disproportionate Force
Police Monitor releases 2014 review
"...findings in the 2014 report issued Monday by the Office of the Police Mon­itor is that Austin Police Department..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Excessive Force Firing
APD officer fired and three of his supervisors suspended for policy violations in connection with arrest of drunk, possibly mentally retarded man
"...Austin Police Officer Gary Griffin was fired, and three of his supervisors..."

Jan. 5, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

What to Make of It
Local activists seek justice for black lives
"...While the nation, and the state of Texas, continues to come to terms with tragic recent..."

July 15, 2016 News Feature by Kahron Spearman

Do Not Resist Charts the Rise of the Militarization of Law Enforcement
Documentary offers a critical look at evolving present-day policing efforts
"...Ominous, pregnant clouds in the backdrop, the first scenes of Craig Atkinson's police documentary Do Not Resist threaten violence,..."

Oct. 7, 2016 Screens Feature by Kahron Spearman

Excessive Force Has Increased, NAACP Leader Says
Groups ask DOJ to reopen APD investigation
"...Just over a year after the U.S. Department of Justice closed its book on a complaint about excessive..."

July 6, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Update: Fate of UT's Fine Arts Library
Provost OKs recommendations to preserve, upgrade fifth floor
"...For months, the fate of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Texas..."

April 11, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Force Majeure
Blackly funny, yet lightly brutalizing, this Swedish film observes a married couple for whom a passing threat turns into an existential crisis.
"...Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius and Brady Corbet...."

Nov. 7, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King
The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.
"...The short unhappy life of Sophia Chante King came to a sudden end a..."

Aug. 2, 2002 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Shades of Gray
In Texas Prisons, It's Hard to Tell Who Your Enemies Are
"...Daniel Nagle didn't die alone, because in a state prison nobody is ever alone. But..."

April 28, 2000 News Feature by Nate Blakeslee

Fantastic Fest 2014: Force Majeure
Perversely funny Swedish film asks: Are you man enough?
"...But in the blackly funny, lightly brutalizing Swedish film Force Majeure, they mark the collective cri de coeur of..."

Sept. 19, 2014 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Messy Investigation of a Mess
Did Austin Police Sgt. Michael Olsen use excessive force when he shot and killed 25-year-old Kevin Brown? According to Internal Affairs, the answer is "inconclusive."
"...Did Austin Police Sgt. Michael Olsen use excessive force, in violation of department policy, when he..."

Nov. 23, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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