A deadly shooting has left three people wounded in south Austin, according to the Austin Police Department. A child and three adults were declared trauma alerts and transported to three area hospitals. A 16-year-old from Buda is missing, and Hays County officials are searching for her. The Austin Fire Department saved her life in 2003. The Austin Fire Department put out a four-hour power outage and are investigating the incident.
The charges against 19 Austin police officers stem from the protests that took place in Austin in April and May of this year. While the protesters were attempting to block the police from stopping the demonstrations, the officers were following orders and executing common practices. A Travis County jury charged eight officers with aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is a first-degree felony for law enforcement personnel and carries a maximum penalty of 99 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
The indictments are the largest single-city felony indictment in history. The charges stem from crowd control measures used to control the protests. The officers involved in the protests were facing mounting criticism for their handling of the protests. After the fatal police shootings of Michael Ramos and George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands of protesters took to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the police response. One officer, Derek Chauvin, has already been found guilty of murder, while Christopher Taylor is charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
Attorneys for eight of the officers indicted are awaiting the return of their client’s indictment. In a news conference, Garza announced the indictments but did not provide any details. The indictments do not include the names of the officers, but the district attorney’s office did release a summary of evidence that accompanied the charges. Eight of the officers were placed on paid administrative duty until they are tried in court. The names of the other 11 officers have not been made public, because prosecutors must keep the indictments confidential until the arrest.
The indictment against the 19 officers included eight who helped eject protesters from a highway. They are represented by attorney Ken Ervin. The officers were booked into the Travis County jail, fingerprinted, photographed, and released on a $1 cash deposit bond. The first court date is scheduled for March 7; attorneys believe it could take up to a year to get to trial.
Five officers placed on paid administrative duty
In response to a public outcry over the use of “less-than-lethal” force during protests in the city of Austin, Texas, the Austin police department today placed five officers on paid administrative leave. The five officers are not authorized to make 911 calls, use a firearm, or take overtime or additional jobs. The indictments were made anonymously by the city’s prosecutors, as prosecutors must maintain the secrecy of such cases until the officers are arrested.
The actions taken today by the Austin Police Department come after an investigation into nine protest-related incidents, including the use of beanbag rounds on demonstrators. The use of beanbag rounds resulted in the injuries of several protesters during the first weekend of the protests. One injured protester later filed a lawsuit against the Austin police department and the city. As a result of the investigation, the Austin police department has discontinued the use of beanbags for crowd control.
The investigation has uncovered racial disparity in traffic stops, prompting the city council to publish a report on the issue. Meanwhile, local media exposed allegations that the assistant police chief had used racial slurs on officers. As a result, the city’s mayor, Bill Moore, has pledged to draw a line in the sand and hold police officers accountable for their actions.
Earlier this month, the city’s chief of police, Lee Garza, ordered officers to undergo further training to keep their cool, and the police union accused him of using the officers as pawns. However, the city’s prosecutors decided to press the charges against Taylor, and said the arrest would help Denzil DeSilva heal. It’s unclear when the case will go to trial.
During Moore’s tenure as mayor of Austin, police fatally shot 15 people. During that time, the department published “declination letters” containing details about the fatal shootings. This disgruntled many activists. One case in particular that Moore declined to prosecute led to a $2.25 million civil settlement involving the victim’s BB gun. As a result of the scandal, the city’s police have put five of their most high-profile officers on paid administrative duty.
Five officers indicted for aggravated assault with deadly weapon
Earlier this month, five Austin police officers were indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A former US attorney, Brown served as Republican district attorney for North Texas, but he now calls the indictments an “attempt at political assassination.” He believes the tactics used by the officers were legal, and the jury will find them not guilty. The indictments stem from protests in March that were organized by the 2020 BLM.
The indictments were returned to the Austin Police Department on Tuesday. They have been placed on administrative duty, which prevents them from working overtime, being promoted, and being called as witnesses during criminal investigations. While this has a direct impact on the outcome of the criminal cases, the officers’ paychecks will not be affected. Instead, they’ll be on paid administrative duty until their trial.
The indictments against the police officers come at a critical time in the ongoing debate over police accountability. Activists have called for more aggressive prosecution against police, particularly in death-in-custody cases. Following the death of George Floyd, many activists are calling for the George Floyd Act, which would limit the immunity of police officers in civil lawsuits. This act was a campaign promise by Adler and is now being considered by legislators.
The indictments against the officers are based on the actions of several police officers during the March 2020 protest. Some of the officers used bean bag rounds to fire at the protesters and left them severely injured. Several officers were placed on administrative duty while their cases are being investigated. The Travis County district attorney’s office released documents about the indictments. The district attorney’s office is releasing the documents relating to these cases, and further indictments could follow.
Although the indictments are unprecedented for a single city, they stem from the tactics used by police during the protests. In the wake of the deaths of Michael Ramos and George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, thousands of protesters rallied in Austin. Police officers Derek Chauvin and Christopher Taylor were convicted of murder for Floyd’s death and are charged with the shooting of Ramos.
Missing cyclist’s boyfriend says she’s been missing since May 13
Police in Austin, Texas, have issued an arrest warrant for Missing Cyclist Kaitlin Armstrong. She has been missing since May 13, and her boyfriend, Colin Strickland, says he hasn’t seen her since. He claims she was killed in a jealous rage after learning she was dating a fellow cyclist. But his story isn’t so clear.
Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, the woman who is accused of murdering Mo Wilson, is now a wanted fugitive and a suspect in a first-degree murder investigation. Wilson, a cyclist and real estate agent, was last seen on May 13 in Austin. Her boyfriend said she was in Austin, Texas, to prepare for an upcoming cycling race. He told police that his girlfriend had told him she was going to the Austin area.
According to police, Viana was a long distance cyclist who had ridden over 400 kilometres in a single day. Her boyfriend said she might still be in the area, as she appeared to have worked for a company owned by professional cyclist Colin Strickland. He believes they may have been working together. Meanwhile, Armstrong said he and Wilson had a “platonic” relationship.
A dark SUV with a bike rack pulled up to Wilson’s house at 8.30pm, and police say it was Armstrong’s car. Her boyfriend, Colin Strickland, has been working to find her. Police have asked the public for help in finding her. While the investigation is ongoing, the couple’s former relationship was dissolved months ago. Although the relationship is over, Strickland had become romantically involved with Wilson during their breakup.