APD Chief Art Acevedo http://kut.org en After Latest Deaths, Austin Asks: How Can We Stop Drunk Driving? http://kut.org/post/after-latest-deaths-austin-asks-how-can-we-stop-drunk-driving <p>Nationwide, drunk driving <a href="http://responsibility.org/drunk-driving/drunk-driving-statistics">is on the decline</a> – but you wouldn't know it living in Austin. This spring, the city has seen several high-profile deaths attributable to drunk driving.</p><p>This weekend, Kelly Noel – a well-known music fan who ran the popular <a href="https://twitter.com/atxhipsters">ATXHispsters Twitter account</a> – was <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2014-04-28/elegy-for-an-invisible-hipster-kelly-wayne-noel/">killed by a drunk driver</a> downtown. (The account continues to auto-tweet the latest stories from Austin news outlets, including KUT.) And in March, Rashad Owens allegedly <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-update-capital-murder-charge-rashad-owens-victims-remain-hospitalized">killed and injured South by Southwest attendees</a> when he accelerated into SXSW crowds while trying to evade police.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody" style="line-height: 1.5;">morning after the&nbsp;SXSW&nbsp;killings</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;</span>Acevedo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said “tragedy brings opportunity. It’s an opportunity for a gut check … it's a gut check for the people involved, it’s a gut check for this community.”</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147061409&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:15:22 +0000 Joy Diaz 10318 at http://kut.org After Latest Deaths, Austin Asks: How Can We Stop Drunk Driving? Man Shot by Austin Police Sgt. This Week Was Armed with BB Gun http://kut.org/post/man-shot-austin-police-sgt-week-was-armed-bb-gun <p><strong>Update</strong>:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Police made clear Thursday&nbsp;that the weapon in the hand of man who was shot this week by an APD sergeant was a pistol that fires BBs or pellets. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke about that pistol in the hours after Tuesday’s shooting.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“When the sergeant sees it, he sees the suspect put it behind his back, allegedly, and then puts it back forward. The suspect at one point yells, ‘it’s a bb gun,’ or says, ‘it’s a bb gun, it’s a bb gun.’”</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:35:46 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Trey Shaar 9989 at http://kut.org Man Shot by Austin Police Sgt. This Week Was Armed with BB Gun Two Dead After Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd; Suspect in Custody http://kut.org/post/two-dead-after-driver-plows-sxsw-crowd-suspect-custody <p><em>This post is no longer being updated. See more from&nbsp;KUT:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-crash-raises-concerns-about-barricade-safety"><strong>SXSW Crash Raises Concerns About Barricade Safety</strong></a></li></ul><div><ul><li><a href="http://kut.org/post/how-you-can-help-sxsw-crash-victims"><strong>How You Can Help SXSW Crash Victims</strong></a></li></ul><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Summary: </strong>An Austin woman and a male visitor from the Netherlands&nbsp;are dead after a car plowed through South by Southwest crowds in Downtown Austin early this morning. The collisions took place along&nbsp;Red River Street near&nbsp;</span><a href="http://mohawkaustin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mohawk, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a popular </span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> venue. N</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">early two dozen were injured.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>Austin Police have a suspect in custody, 21 year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens. He's been charged with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">two counts of capital murder.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Austin victim is 27-year-old&nbsp;</span>Jamie Ranae West, according to several news reports, including<a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/breaking-news/authorities-identify-woman-killed-in-sxsw-crash/nfCZN/?ecmp=social20042424">&nbsp;one from the <em>Austin American-Statesman. </em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters Thursday morning that the incident started as a traffic stop (part of police efforts to crack down on drunk drivers) at the Shell Gas station at Ninth Street and the Interstate 35 frontage road. Chief Acevedo says the driver drove into the gas station parking lot, but then sped off and started driving the wrong way down Ninth Street.</p><p>APD pursued the driver, who then tried to strike one officer working barricade duty, and continued speeding onto Red River. Acevedo says the driver hit multiple pedestrians on the street, killing two on vehicles: an Austin female that was a passenger on a moped, and &nbsp;a male visitor from the Netherlands&nbsp;who was killed on his bicycle. (Initial police reports said both passengers on the moped were killed.)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="99" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139432720&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:52:37 +0000 Wells Dunbar & KUT Staff 9958 at http://kut.org Two Dead After Driver Plows Into SXSW Crowd; Suspect in Custody Austin Jaywalker Arrest Has People Asking: What is Failure to Identify? http://kut.org/post/austin-jaywalker-arrest-has-people-asking-what-failure-identify <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The controversial arrest of a jogger in Austin's West Campus neighborhood last week has made international news.</span></p><p>Thursday, Amanda Stephen <a href="http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-apologizes-sexual-assault-comment-after-jaywalking-jogger-arrest-update">was arrested by Austin police officers</a> for jaywalking and a refusal to identify herself. Her arrest was caught on video. Subsequent remarks by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo – "In other cities there's cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas" –&nbsp;prompted more online criticism and an apology.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The story was picked up by everyone from </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/22/amanda-jo-stephen-jaywalking-thrown-ground-video_n_4838061.html?ir=Crime" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Huffington Post</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-26332319" style="line-height: 1.5;">the BBC</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:14:49 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9841 at http://kut.org Austin Jaywalker Arrest Has People Asking: What is Failure to Identify? APD Chief Apologizes for Sexual Assault Comment After Jaywalking Jogger Arrest (Update) http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-apologizes-sexual-assault-comment-after-jaywalking-jogger-arrest-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo <a href="http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/alert.html?id=37291&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">apologized Saturday</a> for comments he made during a press conference about the arrest of a jogger for jaywalking near the UT campus. During that press conference, Acevedo&nbsp;said that <span style="line-height: 1.5;">"In other cities there's cops who are actually committing sexual assaults on duty, so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas."</span></p><p>In his apology statement Saturday, Acevedo said that<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"the comparison was a poor analogy, and for this I apologize." You can<a href="http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/alert.html?id=37291&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter"> read the full apology here</a>.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Original Story (Feb. 21, 4:58 p.m.):&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Police arrested a woman jogging by the UT Campus Thursday morning for not providing identification after being stopped. The incident was caught on video by a UT student, Chris&nbsp;Quintero</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who witnessed the woman being taken into custody.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:03:43 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9829 at http://kut.org APD Chief Apologizes for Sexual Assault Comment After Jaywalking Jogger Arrest (Update) No Injuries in Officer-Involved Shooting in North Austin http://kut.org/post/no-injuries-officer-involved-shooting-north-austin <p>Austin police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at 1:42 p.m. Saturday near Interstate 35 and Rundberg Lane.</p><p>According to Police Chief Art Acevedo, there were no injuries and the suspect is in custody.</p><p></p><p>The shooting occurred when a police officer responded to a car accident at a Shell gas station. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, had struck another vehicle and was allegedly leaving the scene. When the officer tried to flag the suspect down, he did not stop and drove the vehicle toward the officer. The officer, whose name has also not yet been released, got out of the way. When the suspect stopped again, the officer told him to get out of the car, but he again drove the car toward the officer. That's when the officer fired several rounds at the car.</p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:29:01 +0000 Kate McGee 9644 at http://kut.org No Injuries in Officer-Involved Shooting in North Austin In Austin, Less Than 10 Percent of Property Crimes Get Solved http://kut.org/post/austin-less-10-percent-property-crimes-get-solved <p>If you live in Austin, chances are you or someone you know has been the victim of a property crime.&nbsp;</p><p>That’s because Austin is one of the worst cities nationwide when it comes to property crime.</p><p>FBI numbers show Austin’s property crime rates are worse than New York, Chicago or even Los Angeles.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Property crimes are so prevalent that a couple of years ago, the Austin Police Department created its very first Burglary Unit.</span></p><p>Every month almost <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/page/chiefs-monthly-reports">4,000&nbsp;</a>property crimes happen in Austin.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F123056231&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:14:12 +0000 Joy Diaz 9304 at http://kut.org In Austin, Less Than 10 Percent of Property Crimes Get Solved Austin Police Chief Acevedo Apologizes for Onion Creek Flood Response http://kut.org/post/austin-police-chief-acevedo-apologizes-onion-creek-flood-response <p>More than 500 people crammed into the cafeteria of Perez Elementary School in Dove Springs, where city officials — including Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo and Deputy City Manager Michael McDonald &nbsp;— answered questions about recovery efforts.</p><p>Dove Springs residents expressed anger when City Deputy Manager Michael McDonald said Red Cross and Austin Fire began rescues early Thursday morning, with one resident shouting, "No! No one came to my house!"</p><p>But the tone of the meeting shifted visibly when Police Chief Art Acevedo took to the microphone and apologized for inconsistencies in the city's response.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118790804" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:28:17 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia & Kate McGee 9105 at http://kut.org Austin Police Chief Acevedo Apologizes for Onion Creek Flood Response Austin Police Chief Acevedo Responds to Latest Police Shooting http://kut.org/post/austin-police-chief-acevedo-responds-latest-police-shooting <p></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;Acevedo&nbsp;said Monday afternoon he welcomes any investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice into the&nbsp;APD’s&nbsp;policies and tactics after last month's fatal officer-involved shooting.</p><p>Last week, Austin City Manger Marc&nbsp;Ott&nbsp;called on the Department of Justice to look at the department's practices involving deadly force.</p><p>Acevedo&nbsp;had been out of town when the shooting&nbsp;occurred&nbsp;after the death of his mother.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:53:54 +0000 Kate McGee 8480 at http://kut.org Austin Police Chief Acevedo Responds to Latest Police Shooting APD: Guns Used in a Quarter of Violent Crimes http://kut.org/post/apd-guns-used-quarter-violent-crimes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guns were used in nearly a quarter of violent crimes and disorderly conduct cases in Austin from 2010 to 2012, according to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708868-apd-analysis-of-gun-violence-in-austin.html">an analysis by Austin police.</a>&nbsp;</span></p><p>Crimes most likely to involve the use of a gun were <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/708868-apd-analysis-of-gun-violence-in-austin.html#document/p5">murders and robberies</a>. About 40 percent of murders and 38 percent of robberies involved firearms. More than 17 percent of aggravated assault cases involved the use of guns. Firearms were used in almost three percent of the 675 rape cases reported from 2010 to 2012.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:48:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7995 at http://kut.org APD: Guns Used in a Quarter of Violent Crimes Under Chief Acevedo, Different Reactions to Police Shootings http://kut.org/post/under-chief-acevedo-different-reactions-police-shootings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, there were two officer-involved shootings in the Austin area. But the community reacted differently than it had in a not-so-distant past. After the shootings, there were no marches, no press conferences from civil rights organizations, and no riots.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s almost like one can mark the history of the Austin Police Department in the community as “Before Art&nbsp;</span>Acevedo”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and “After Art&nbsp;</span>Acevedo.”</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before Art&nbsp;</span>Acevedo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;became&nbsp;</span>APD<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;chief, there was Stan Knee. His tenure was very different.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98237713" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:52:27 +0000 Joy Diaz 7970 at http://kut.org Under Chief Acevedo, Different Reactions to Police Shootings 7 Arrested in Central Texas Drug Busts http://kut.org/post/7-arrested-central-texas-drug-busts <p>Austin is no longer a “sleepy college town,” according to Police Chief Art Acevedo.</p><p><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/police">Austin Police</a> and the U.S. Attorney's office say as Austin grows, so does the risk of drug trafficking. Today, they announced two big busts – one involving a year-and-a-half investigation into a cartel-connected cocaine ring and another that yielded over 20 pounds of methamphetamine. Thu, 30 May 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 7935 at http://kut.org 7 Arrested in Central Texas Drug Busts Austin Police Cracking Down on Hazardous Driving Memorial Day http://kut.org/post/austin-police-cracking-down-hazardous-driving-memorial-day <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-23e918ec-c8ca-674b-9383-a6dd3954a4b7" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p>Last year’s Memorial Day weekend saw 191 car crashes, one death and 99 injuries, said Austin Police Chief&nbsp;Art Acevedo.&nbsp;</p><p>This year,&nbsp;APD, state police, and nearby counties are collaborating to counter hazardous driving, in an effort to make holiday weekends less destructive on Central Texas roads.</p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 21:39:47 +0000 Luke Quinton 7825 at http://kut.org Austin Police Cracking Down on Hazardous Driving Memorial Day APD Launches Bike Safety Push http://kut.org/post/apd-launches-bike-safety-push <p>The Austin Police Department is launching the first phase of a bike safety initiative today.</p><p>As Austin’s bicycling community grows – <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-will-it-take-austin-become-bicycling-capital">two percent of commuters </a>are getting to work by bike – so does the need for increased education and awareness. Especially after a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-investigation-aims-reduce-traffic-deaths">record year of traffic deaths</a>.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7563 at http://kut.org APD Launches Bike Safety Push Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting http://kut.org/post/update-civil-rights-group-questions-austin-polices-suicide-cop-rationale-fatal-shooting <p>The Austin Police Chief says an incident this week in which police officers fatally shot a man was not a mental health call.</p><p>Chief Art Acevedo is responding to the Texas Civil Rights Project calling for the city to appoint an independent professional consultant to help police handle incidents involving people with mental illness.</p><p>Here’s how Chief Acevedo characterizes this week’s incident, in which a man was shot after pointing a shotgun at APD officers.</p><p>“It was not a mental health call," Acevedo said. "It was a public safety threat call, where the, the absolute safety of our residents was at risk. The Austin Police Department received information that the decedent in that case was suicidal and homicidal and threatening to hurt others.”</p><p>The Texas Civil Rights Project is calling for more involvement from the Austin Police Monitor’s Office in assessing calls involving use of force.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:10:05 +0000 Laura Rice, Trey Shaar & Tyler Pratt 7524 at http://kut.org Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting APD Chief Disappointed by U.S. Senate Gun Vote http://kut.org/post/apd-chief-disappointed-us-senate-gun-vote <p>The Austin police chief says he’s disappointed by the U.S. Senate’s <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/17/177638177/senate-rejects-expanded-background-checks-for-gun-sales">failure to approve</a> a new gun control measure.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation would have required federal background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows and online.</span></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo sees the votes against Senate passage as defying what most citizens support.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard & Trey Shaar 7405 at http://kut.org APD Chief Disappointed by U.S. Senate Gun Vote APD Announces End to Warrantless Blood Draws http://kut.org/post/apd-announces-end-warrantless-blood-draws <p></p><p>The Austin Police Chief is ordering &nbsp;officers to stop getting warrantless blood draws from drunk driving suspects. The policy change&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">comes after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/17/177666177/supreme-court-backs-warrants-for-blood-tests-in-dui-cases">a ruling Wednesday from the U.S. Supreme Court</a> that police in most cases must try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests.</span></p><p></p><p>Texas Law allows a warrantless blood draws in certain cases, but Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is calling on his officers to stop doing that, at least for the time being.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:04:08 +0000 Trey Shaar & Bobby Blanchard 7403 at http://kut.org APD Announces End to Warrantless Blood Draws APD Gets Technological Alternative to High Speed Chases http://kut.org/post/apd-gets-technological-alternative-high-speed-chases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some Austin Police Department patrol cars are starting to use a new vehicle-locating system today called </span>StarChase<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Austin Police Chief Art&nbsp;Acevedo says the units will only be used during suspect vehicle pursuits. The device, he says, will allow police officers to track suspects without engaging in high-speed chases and will hopefully avoid accidents and fatalities.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:12:25 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6614 at http://kut.org APD Gets Technological Alternative to High Speed Chases Can an Independent Crime Lab Ease Austin's Testing Backlog? http://kut.org/post/can-independent-crime-lab-ease-austins-testing-backlog <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The backlog in forensic DNA evidence in Austin is so serious that local judges and the Travis County district attorney called the mayor and City Council members to discuss the situation.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then they followed up with letters.</span></p><p>On Tuesday, the council agreed to fund three new jobs for forensic chemists. But the embarrassment prompted council member Laura Morrison to promote a new idea in dealing with the city’s forensic needs.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 6592 at http://kut.org Can an Independent Crime Lab Ease Austin's Testing Backlog? Santa's Helpers Deliver Toys to Dell Children's Hospital http://kut.org/post/santas-helpers-deliver-toys-dell-childrens-hospital <p></p><p>Dozens of boxes full of toys made their way to Austin’s Dell Children’s Hospital this morning, courtesy of <a href="http://www.bluesanta.org/">Operation Blue Santa</a>.</p><p>Santa and his reindeer could not be there since many of the kids are too sick to risk having the animals nearby. So volunteers from the Austin Police Department made sure there was enough holiday cheer to go around.</p><p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:37:35 +0000 Joy Diaz 5972 at http://kut.org Santa's Helpers Deliver Toys to Dell Children's Hospital