Austin Police http://kut.org en Austin Police Detective Indicted in Larry Jackson Jr. Shooting Death http://kut.org/post/austin-police-detective-indicted-larry-jackson-jr-shooting-death <p>A Travis County grand jury is indicting a now-retired Austin Police detective in the shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr.</p><p>Detective Charles Kleinert is reported to have said that his gun discharged accidently in a struggle with Jackson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in July 2013. As </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/apd-detective-shoots-kills-man" style="line-height: 1.5;">KUT reported at the time</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><blockquote><p>Brian Manley, assistant chief at&nbsp;APD, says the incident began as a detective was inside the Benchmark Bank at&nbsp;<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/phVX5">1508 W. 35th Street</a>, investigating&nbsp;a robbery&nbsp;that occurred at 8:19 A.M. Friday. The subject came to the front door and tried to open it, but the door was locked, Manley said.</p><p>"The subject walked away for a minute and then came back to the front door and attempted to open the door again … At this point, he got the attention of the bank management staff that was inside."</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 19:59:35 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10401 at http://kut.org Austin Police Detective Indicted in Larry Jackson Jr. Shooting Death Austin Police Ticket 47 Campus-Area Cyclists on 'Bike to UT Day' http://kut.org/post/austin-police-ticket-47-campus-area-cyclists-bike-ut-day <p>Bicyclists heading to campus this morning as part of <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/parking/bike/day/">Bike to UT Day</a> received breakfast and the chance to win raffle prizes.</p><p>But 47 bicyclists also received something else: a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ticket.</span></p><p>This morning, multiple&nbsp;Austin Police officers were seen pulling over bicyclists heading toward campus on Speedway Avenue, just south of the intersection at San Jacinto.&nbsp;The ticketing occurred just blocks north of Speedway Plaza, where a Bike to UT Day party was scheduled to begin at noon. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:26:15 +0000 Kate McGee 10337 at http://kut.org Austin Police Ticket 47 Campus-Area Cyclists on 'Bike to UT Day' Audit Finds Problems With How APD Stores, Destroys Old Drug and Weapons Evidence http://kut.org/post/audit-finds-problems-how-apd-stores-destroys-old-drug-and-weapons-evidence <p><em>This article is written by KUT's Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.austinmonitor.com/">Austin Monitor</a>.</em></p><p>A city audit found that drugs and firearms confiscated by the <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">Austin Police Department</a> are in some cases not adequately protected, with drugs sometimes stored in cardboard boxes outdoors.</p><p>In response, APD officials say they are re-evaluating the department’s evidence control policies.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:47:24 +0000 Elizabeth Pagano 10292 at http://kut.org Audit Finds Problems With How APD Stores, Destroys Old Drug and Weapons Evidence 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 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) APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's http://kut.org/post/apd-stepping-drunk-driving-enforcement-new-years <p class="p1">Several law enforcement agencies across Central Texas will be on patrol looking for drunk drivers during the upcoming holiday. <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">The Austin Police Department </a>will start the <span class="s1">third phase of its safety initiative next week.</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:16:12 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9443 at http://kut.org APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's Austin 911 System Back Up After Disruption (Update) http://kut.org/post/austin-911-system-back-after-disruption-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>The City of Austin is looking into what caused its 911 system to stop working yesterday.</p><p>The system is running as normal today.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(Dec. 16, 6:14 p.m.): Austin's 911 emergency call functions were disrupted Monday afternoon, leading to some longer wait times for callers.</p><p>The city activated its Emergency Operations Center to manage the outage. The Austin Police Department put more officers on the streets to increase visibility and accessibility.</p><p>Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the city has been getting help from agencies in surrounding communities. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:57:56 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9383 at http://kut.org Austin 911 System Back Up After Disruption (Update) This Austin Cop Builds Bonds in Dove Springs - One Soccer Game at a Time http://kut.org/post/austin-cop-builds-bonds-dove-springs-one-soccer-game-time <p>In Southeast Austin’s <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d7032!2d-97.7454388!3d30.1900881">Dove Springs</a> neighborhood, crime is a constant.</p><p>Ever since an uptick in crime in the 1990s, police have maintained a visible presence in the neighborhood – and residents of Dove Springs haven’t always had a favorable view of the Austin Police Department.</p><p>There was a time when the department’s relationship with Dove Springs was especially strained. During the summer of 2005, APD Officer Julie Schroeder shot and killed 18 year-old Dove Springs native Daniel Rocha.</p><p>A re-enactment video created by the department in investigating Rocha’s death is set on Pleasant Valley Road – one of Dove Springs’ main thoroughfares.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123544352&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:04:17 +0000 Joy Diaz 9323 at http://kut.org This Austin Cop Builds Bonds in Dove Springs - One Soccer Game at a Time 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 Report: Austin Police Search Blacks 3 Times More Often Than Whites http://kut.org/post/report-austin-police-search-blacks-3-times-more-often-whites <p>The <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/police-monitor">Austin Police Monitor's Office</a> finds racial disparity continued in police activity during 2012.</p><p>According <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/842141-austin-office-police-monitor-annual-report-2012.html">to a&nbsp;recent report</a>, almost 1,300 people contacted the independent Monitor’s Office to make a complaint, a decrease of 11 percent from 2011. But concern about racial profiling remains: African-Americans and Hispanics are still more likely to be searched by police, with blacks three times as likely to be searched as whites.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:35:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Mark Gwin 9237 at http://kut.org Report: Austin Police Search Blacks 3 Times More Often Than Whites Austin Lieutenant Clay Crabb, 42, is Laid to Rest http://kut.org/post/austin-lieutenant-clay-crabb-42-laid-rest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin Police Lieutenant Clay </span>Crabb<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was laid to rest today. He was killed last week while driving to work in heavy rain – one day before his </span>43<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of police officers came from all over Texas for the funeral and tears flowed freely as mourners remembered the decorated 19-year veteran police officer, father of three and husband of 10 years.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116432176" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:23:32 +0000 Joy Diaz 8986 at http://kut.org Austin Lieutenant Clay Crabb, 42, is Laid to Rest Officer-Involved Shooting in North Austin http://kut.org/post/officer-involved-shooting-north-austin-0 <p>Two people are recovering from gunshot wounds after related incidents in North Austin Friday afternoon.</p><p>Police say one person was struck by gunfire and then the person who fired that shot was hit by a shot fired by an Austin Police Officer.</p><p>It happened in the area of the 10300 block of Quail Ridge Drive, which is&nbsp;near Cook Elementary.</p><p>The school was briefly&nbsp;locked down as authorities assesed the situation.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:46:45 +0000 Trey Shaar 8973 at http://kut.org Why Are There So Few Women Cops in Austin? http://kut.org/post/why-are-there-so-few-women-cops-austin <p></p><p>In big cities nationwide, female police officers make up about 18 percent of the force. Those numbers may seem low, but they are similar to female enrollment figures in the military.</p><p>Austin’s numbers are even lower. Less than ten percent of Austin Police Department officers in Austin are women.&nbsp;APD&nbsp;wants to change that.</p><p>Antonia&nbsp;Singletary&nbsp;is a veteran cop with almost thirty years in the force. She is tiny, just 5’2” and&nbsp;around 100&nbsp;pounds.&nbsp;She looks even smaller standing next to one of the motorcycles she used to use on patrol.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115953280" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:44:25 +0000 Joy Diaz 8965 at http://kut.org Why Are There So Few Women Cops in Austin? Austin Police ID Lt. Clay Crabb as Officer Involved in Fatal Crash http://kut.org/post/austin-police-id-lt-clay-crabb-officer-involved-fatal-crash <p>An Austin Police officer was involved in a fatal crash this morning on U.S. Highway 290 near Sawyer Ranch Road.</p><p>In a written statement,&nbsp;APD identified the officer as Lieutenant Clay Crabb, a veteran officer who began his tenure with the Austin Police Department in 1998 after four years with the San Angelo Police Department. Crabb, 42, was on his way to work when a truck struck the driver&#39;s side of his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured.</p><p>Crabb was awarded 16 commendations in his service including the Superior Service Citation and the Master Peace Officer Ribbon.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:51:25 +0000 Andrew Weber 8953 at http://kut.org Austin Police ID Lt. Clay Crabb as Officer Involved in Fatal Crash Justice Dept. Declines Request to Review Austin Police Policies http://kut.org/post/justice-dept-declines-request-review-austin-police-policies <p>The Justice Department won’t be taking another look at Austin Police policies.</p><p>City Manager Marc Ott asked the department to review Austin Police procedures <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/apd-detective-shoots-kills-man">following the shooting death</a> of Larry Jackson Jr. by Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert. Jackson, an African-American, was unarmed.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:45:06 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8622 at http://kut.org Justice Dept. Declines Request to Review Austin Police Policies Austin Police Officer Cleared in Fatal 2012 Springtime Shooting http://kut.org/post/austin-police-officer-cleared-fatal-2012-springtime-shooting <p>An Austin police officer who fatally shot a man in East Austin last year will not face charges.</p><p>After reviewing the shooting, a Travis County grand jury declined to indict Officer Eric Copeland. Police say <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/apd-addresses-fatal-shooting-suspect">he shot Ahmede Bradley</a> three times in the chest after a struggle over Copeland’s handgun. The shooting <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/apd-officer-killed-another-injured-separate-officer-involved-shooting">happened the same night</a> as the killing of APD Officer Jaime Padron, in an unrelated incident.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:20:30 +0000 KUT Staff 8568 at http://kut.org Austin Police Officer Cleared in Fatal 2012 Springtime Shooting Budget Battle Over Austin Police: Does APD Have Enough Detectives? http://kut.org/post/budget-battle-over-austin-police-does-apd-have-enough-detectives <p></p><p>Every budget year, public safety – police, fire and EMS – take <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/745800-city-of-austin-2013-14-proposed-budget.html#document/p25">the biggest chunk of money</a> from the funds used to finance city services. Today, Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman asked if the city was getting a good return on its investment.</p><p>The Austin City Council is <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/not-able-keep-taxes-fees-rise-austins-proposed-city-budget">considering the city budget</a> for the next fiscal year. And the Austin Police Department was among the groups presenting budget requests to the council today. Police Chief Art Acevedo spent over an hour discussing the city manager's proposed city budget – which preserves Austin’s informal policy of two police officers for every thousand Austin residents.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:08:11 +0000 Roy Varney & Wells Dunbar 8487 at http://kut.org Budget Battle Over Austin Police: Does APD Have Enough Detectives? 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 Is Austin's Police Monitor Keeping a Close Enough Eye on the Cops? http://kut.org/post/austins-police-monitor-keeping-close-enough-eye-cops <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F104733709" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Every time an Austin police officer shoots their weapon, it triggers a series of investigations.</p><p>This year there have been three fatal APD shootings. The latest, July 26, when Police Det. Charles Kleinert <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/apd-detective-shoots-kills-man">shot Larry Jackson Jr</a>.</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:43:02 +0000 Joy Diaz 8473 at http://kut.org Is Austin's Police Monitor Keeping a Close Enough Eye on the Cops?