officer involved shooting http://kut.org en Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country http://kut.org/post/police-officer-deaths-are-rise-across-country <p>The number of law officer deaths across the nation has risen dramatically so far this year, <a href="http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2014-Mid-Year-Fatalities-Report.pdf">according to a report</a> from the <a href="http://www.nleomf.com/">National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund</a>.</p><p>During the first half of this year, 67 law enforcement officers in the U.S. were killed while on duty – a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159932109&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:34:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10841 at http://kut.org Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country Report: Law Officers May Violate U.S. Constitution When They Don't Knock http://kut.org/post/report-law-officers-may-violate-us-constitution-when-they-dont-knock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Civil Rights Project</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says law enforcement officers may be violating the U.S. Constitution when they execute warrants without knocking. The organization released a report Tuesday that says 70% of surveyed jurisdictions do not have written “no-knock” policies and that many other counties and cities may have inadequate policies or do not effectively implement those they have. Jim Harrington, </span>TCRP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;director, says that is putting citizens and officers at risk.</span></p><p>“It’s dangerous both ways. We have to get away from this idea, well, we just don’t [knock]. You know any time we say it’s a narcotics warrant, we just don’t do it,” Harrington says.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:35:38 +0000 Lynn Romero 9803 at http://kut.org Report: Law Officers May Violate U.S. Constitution When They Don't Knock Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits http://kut.org/post/austin-city-council-votes-lower-occupancy-limits <p class="p1">The Austin City Council had a long day at the dais yesterday, with a meeting that sputtered along for the better part of 15 hours.</p><p class="p1">"Stealth dorms," fee waivers, economic incentives, an officer-involved shooting, the MoPac sound wall and&nbsp; even a proclamation for KUT's own Cactus Cafe.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">With that in mind, here's a rundown of the council action, and inaction, from yesterday.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:13:14 +0000 KUT Staff 9784 at http://kut.org Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits 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 APD Detective Shoots, Kills Man http://kut.org/post/apd-detective-shoots-kills-man <p><strong>Update: </strong>Over the weekend, Austin Police identified the man killed as 32-year-old Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. The Austin Police officer who shot him was Detective Charles Kleinert. Kleinert has been an officer for almost 20 years.</p><p>APD is looking for a witness who might have seen what happened between Jackson and Kleinert.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 26, 7:58 p.m.): A man is dead after he was shot by an Austin police detective Friday afternoon near the intersection of 34th&nbsp;Street and Shoal Creek Boulevard. Police describe the man only as African American. Police had not yet established his identity. No officer was injured in the incident. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:09:35 +0000 Nathan Bernier, Trey Shaar & Laura Rice 8421 at http://kut.org APD Detective Shoots, Kills Man 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 SWAT Situation on East U.S. Hwy 290 Ends (Update) http://kut.org/post/swat-situation-east-us-hwy-290-ends-update <p><b>Update:&nbsp;</b>Austin police say the suspect is in custody and that roadways will open soon. Eastbound U.S. Hwy 290 is open now, but the service road near Berkman is still closed.</p><p>The situation started early this morning when police responded to a call of a shot fired at the Capitol Village Apartments. When officers arrived, police say the suspect pointed a weapon at them and police fired back – but no one was injured. The suspect then went back inside of an apartment and police have been trying to make contact. They’re also trying to evacuate the apartment complex.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:24:19 +0000 Laura Rice & Marissa Barnett 7775 at http://kut.org SWAT Situation on East U.S. Hwy 290 Ends (Update) APD Officer Shoots At, Misses Driver of Car That Ran Red Light http://kut.org/post/apd-officer-shoots-misses-driver-car-ran-red-light <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one was injured this morning when an Austin Police officer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shot at a 58 year-old man at the corner of </span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street and Airport. But the incident is likely to, once again, raise questions about the use of lethal force by Austin police. </span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 17:53:31 +0000 Joy Diaz 7667 at http://kut.org APD Officer Shoots At, Misses Driver of Car That Ran Red Light Texas House Honors Slain APD Officer http://kut.org/post/texas-house-honors-slain-apd-officer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Austin Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty was honored Monday in the Texas House of Representatives. Jaime </span>Padron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was shot to death in April 2012 when he responded to a disturbance call at a Walmart on I-35 near </span>Parmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lane. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Representative </span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dawnna-dukes/">Dawnna</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dawnna-dukes/"> Dukes</a>, D-Austin, filed <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HCR85">House Concurrent Resolution 85.</a>&nbsp;It was passed unanimously after<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/fallen-texas-peace-officers-honored-capitol"> a ceremony at the Capitol</a>&nbsp;to honor all 25 Texas police officers killed in the last two years.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 23:58:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7639 at http://kut.org Texas House Honors Slain APD Officer Man Identified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting (Update) http://kut.org/post/man-identified-fatal-officer-involved-shooting-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin Police have identified the man killed by police last night as 54-year-old Herbert Babelay.</p><p><strong>Original Story</strong> (April 24, 8:23 a.m.):<strong> </strong>Four Austin Police Officers involved in a fatal shooting last night are on paid administrative leave. The officers shot and killed a man who they say pointed a rifle at them.</p><p>It happened in southeast Austin – in the 700 block of Valdez. Police were called to that address at 8:40 p.m. on a report of a homicidal or suicidal man. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:21:11 +0000 Austin Feldman 7474 at http://kut.org Man Identified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting (Update) Officer Involved Shooting in North Austin (Updated) http://kut.org/post/officer-involved-shooting-north-austin-updated <p></p><p>This morning's shooting death of a North Austin man is under investigation.&nbsp;</p><p>At a press conference earlier today Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said it all started at 7:23 this morning, when the deceased man, who has yet to be identified by name, called 911 saying he had shot a pitbull that attacked him.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:40:49 +0000 Joy Diaz 6794 at http://kut.org Officer Involved Shooting in North Austin (Updated) Suspect Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting http://kut.org/post/suspect-dies-officer-involved-shooting <p><strong>Update (5 p.m.)</strong>: Austin Police tell KUT News Paladino died at University Medical Center Brackenridge approximately one-hour ago.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Update (4 p.m.)</strong>: Police have identified the suspect as 42 year-old Maurice Chad Paladino.</p><p><strong>Update (2:40 p.m.)</strong>: Austin Police&nbsp;have released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. APD officials say Officer Brandon Blanche was in danger for his life.</p><p>"In watching the video," Assistant Police Chief Sean Mannix says, "I think all of us are comfortable that there's not going to be any legal issues with the shooting, that the officer likely acted lawfully. But we hold our officers to a higher standard administratively. What we have to look at is the lawfulness of the shooting, but we also have to look at the tactics employed and how the officers got to the situation they were in as well."</p><p>Mannix says Blanche was clearly in the path of the vehicle that "actively engaged" when he discharged his weapon.</p><p>The still unnamed suspect is said to be in "grave condition."</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:02:44 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Laura Rice 5165 at http://kut.org Suspect Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting Run/Walk Event in Honor of Fallen APD Officer http://kut.org/post/runwalk-event-honor-fallen-apd-officer <p>This year&rsquo;s &ldquo;Run with the Heroes 5K Run/Walk&rdquo; to benefit <a href="http://www.sotx.org/" target="_blank">Special Olympics of Texas</a> will be held in honor of Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron.</p><p>Padron was <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/apd-officer-killed-another-injured-separate-officer-involved-shooting" target="_blank">killed in the line of duty</a> while responding to a call at an Austin Wal-Mart earlier this year.</p><p>The 5<sup>th</sup> annual run/walk is scheduled for September 16. Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:07:59 +0000 Laura Rice 4825 at http://kut.org Run/Walk Event in Honor of Fallen APD Officer Officer-Involved Shootings Prompt Consideration of APD 'Preservation of Life' Standard http://kut.org/post/officer-involved-shootings-prompt-consideration-apd-preservation-life-standard <p>Austin&rsquo;s Human Rights Commission <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=173022" target="_blank">could take action tonight</a> on recommending a &ldquo;preservation of life&rdquo; standard in the Austin Police Department&rsquo;s Response to Resistance Policy.</p><p>The ACLU has been pushing for the police department to include language in their policy that would basically say deadly force should be used as a last resort.</p><p>Human Rights Commissioner Elizabeth Brenner says the commission talked about adding the language back in 2010 but that the issue is front and center again because of recent, deadly <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/memorial-service-friday-byron-carter-jr" target="_blank">officer-involved shootings</a>. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:41:10 +0000 Laura Rice 4739 at http://kut.org Officer-Involved Shootings Prompt Consideration of APD 'Preservation of Life' Standard APD Officer Killed, Another Injured in Separate Officer-Involved Shooting http://kut.org/post/apd-officer-killed-another-injured-separate-officer-involved-shooting <p><strong>Update (5:49 p.m.):</strong> 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel has been charged with capital murder after allegedly shooting and killing Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron last night. In a press conference at 5:00p.m. this evening, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Daniel moved to Austin from Fort Collins, Colorado about a year ago.</p><p>Acevedo also noted that this was the first time during his tenure as Police Chief that two officers were involved in deadly encounters in the same day. "This is the most trying day of my five years here," said a teary-eyed Acevedo. "There are a lot of tears flowing, there is a lot of hurt."</p><p>Acevedo praised the Wal-Mart employees who were able to detain Daniel at the scene after the shooting. "That selfless act is the beginning of the healing process for this department."</p><p><strong>Update (12:24 p.m.)</strong>: Details continue to emerge about Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron, and the shooting last night at an area Wal-Mart that took his life.</p><p>In a fundraising email <a href="http://www.100clubcentex.com/">soliciting contributions</a> for Officer Padron’s family, The 100 Club of Central Texas says:</p><blockquote><p>A former Marine, Officer Padron had been with APD for more than three years. Prior to that, he had been a Bergstrom International Airport police officer and before then served 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department in West Texas. He leaves behind two daughters, ages 10 and 6 as well as parents and other family members who live in San Angelo.</p></blockquote><p>At a press conference this morning, APD characterized Padron’s shooter as an Asian adult male. The <a href="http://www.naaotexas.org/">Network of Asian American Organizations</a> issued the following statement this morning:</p><blockquote><p>As you are aware, early this morning a man believed to be Asian shot and killed Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron at the Walmart on Parmer and IH-35.</p><p>On behalf of the Network of Asian American Organizations and the Asian community, we would like to send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Padron.&nbsp;The NAAO fully supports the Austin Police Department and the City of Austin.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 23:20:29 +0000 Laura Rice, Wells Dunbar & Andy Uhler 3985 at http://kut.org APD Officer Killed, Another Injured in Separate Officer-Involved Shooting Memorial Service Friday for Byron Carter, Jr. http://kut.org/post/memorial-service-friday-byron-carter-jr <p>The memorial service for 20 year-old Byron Carter, Jr. will be held Friday June 2 at 2:30 at Mount Zion Baptist Church.</p><p>Carter was <a href="http://kut.org/2011/05/officer-shoots-kills-one/">shot and killed by APD</a> Officer Nathan Wagner. Carter was a passenger in a car with a 16-year old driver who allegedly hit another officer and pinned Wagner, who then fired shots into the car, killing Carter and injuring the 16 year-old driver, according to an APD press release.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:49:06 +0000 Emily Donahue 1624 at http://kut.org Memorial Service Friday for Byron Carter, Jr.