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Austin
4:25 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Leak Claims Jackson Shooting Accidental; Austin Police Union Calls For Probe

At a press conference today, APA President Wayne Vincent (right) called the leaks "unacceptable."
Hector Perez for KUT News

The shooting death of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. has resulted in a call from the Austin Police Association for an independent investigation: Not into the shooting itself, but into who leaked a statement from the officer that killed him saying the death was accidental.

Jackson was killed on July 26 after being shot by APD Det. Charles Kleinart. In the days following his death, details about detective Kleinart’s testimony to internal affairs investigators were released to members of the media. Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said the leaks are unacceptable.

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Austin
7:40 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Family of Man Killed by APD Detective Hires Lawyer

Police blocked off the area where the shooting occurred Friday.
Trey Shaar, KUT News

The family of a man shot to death last week by an Austin Police detective has hired a high-profile attorney. The family of 32-year-old Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr. has hired Adam Loewy, who has represented three families of men killed by APD officers’ gunfire.

“I’ve handled several of these police shootings and I’m very selective in the cases that I take, and this one strikes me as being very suspicious," Loewy said.

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Police
4:08 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Activists: 'Mistrust Has Deepened' After Latest Austin Police Shooting

Antonio Buehler and Debbie Russell spoke out against the Austin Police shooting of a civilian last week.
Natalie Krebs for KUT News

Two local civil rights groups – the Austin Police Accountability Coalition and the Peaceful Streets Project – gathered in front of City Hall this morning to protest Friday’s fatal officer-involved shooting.

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Austin
8:09 am
Mon July 29, 2013

APD Detective Shoots, Kills Man

Police have blocked off roads in the area so crime scene investigators can gather evidence.
Trey Shaar, KUT News

Update: 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.

APD is looking for a witness who might have seen what happened between Jackson and Kleinert.

Original Story (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 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.

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Police
12:37 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

APD Investigates Report of Gunmen at North Austin Movie Theater

Roads aren't closed around the theatre but traffic may be delayed.
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Update: Austin Police say a SWAT situation at the Tinseltown Theater has ended. No suspects were located.

Police are allowing employees of surrounding businesses to return to work.

Original Story (7:08 a.m.): Austin Police are asking people to avoid the Tinseltown Theater in far *North Austin. They’re investigating a report of two armed people in the theater.

Police say they got a call around 3:45 Monday morning from the theaters' cleaning crew. The three staff members say they saw two people dressed in all black enter the theater carrying long items – possibly weapons.

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Austin
1:51 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Austin's Million-Dollar Plan to Restore Rundberg Underway

Austin Police are hosting a meeting tonight to discuss the Restore Rundberg project with the public.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Rundberg Lane is one of Austin’s  highest-crime areas.

From 2007 to 2011, the Rundberg area accounted for 11 percent of violent crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

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Austin
1:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Fireworks Likely to Blame for 57 Travis County Fires

Call fireworks complaints in to 311, not 911.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The Austin Fire Department says there were 57 grass and brush fires in Travis County over the Fourth of July, 30 of those fires were within the Austin city limits.

The fire department believes many of the fires were caused by fireworks.

"Certainly these smaller grass fires can extend to homes and businesses. And you know there is always the chance of people getting injured using the fireworks," AFD Battalion Chief Thayer Smith said.

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Technology
12:35 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Neighborhood Watch Goes Online: New App Links Austin Neighbors

Social media site Nextdoor looks to build relations in Austin neighborhoods using technology.
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The days of lost dog posters and last-minute babysitter scrambles may be coming to a close.

Nextdoor is an app that connects neighbors via their smartphone to help organize neighborhood watches and community conversations. Over 200 neighborhoods in Austin have already signed up for the app, which is set to roll out this summer.

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Austin
3:53 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

APD: Officer Not in Violation of Policy in Pit Bull Shooting

The Austin Police Department said the officer who shot a dog at a North Austin Petco did not violate the department's lethality policy, but the case is still under investigation.
Andrew Weber, KUT News

An Austin police officer shot and killed a dog last night at a pet store.

At 7:30 p.m. last night, police say Officer Leslie Lyons shot a pit bull twice in an effort to save another a smaller dog being attacked at the Petco on Research Boulevard.

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Austin
9:45 am
Thu June 13, 2013

After Deadly 2012, What's Austin Doing to Make ROT Rally Safer?

ROT rally-goers in 2010. This year, Austin Police say they're stepping up enforcement over ROT weekend.
Nasha Lee for KUT News

The 2013 Republic of Texas (ROT) Bike Rally is starting today. And safety is a concern.

According to the Austin Police Department, 2012's ROT Rally weekend saw in 175 crashes, 95 injuries, 104 DWI arrests and five deaths – three of which included motorcycles. 

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5:18 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Jury Acquits APD Officer in Death of Byron Carter

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A federal jury has acquitted Austin Police officer Nathan Wagner of using excessive force in the 2011 shooting of 20 year-old Byron Carter. The case was a federal civil proceeding; an Austin grand jury declined to indict officer Wagner in March of 2012.
A federal jury has found that officer Nathan Wagner did not use excessive force the night he opened fire on a car moving out of an East Austin parking spot, wounding the driver and killing 20-year-old Byron Carter.
Education
12:33 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Update: Webb Middle, Elementary Schools Lockdown Lifted


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Update: The lockdown at Webb Middle and primary schools has been lifted, according to AISD officials. Schools will resume a regular schedule. APD was not immediately available to confirm whether or not the suspect has been apprehended.

Original Story (12:18 p.m.): Webb Middle and primary schools are on lock down as Austin Police search for a possibly armed suspect in the St. Johns/I-35 area, according to Austin Independent School District.

The man is suspected to be connected to a woman who tried to cash a forged check this morning on the 6400 block of US-290.

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Austin
4:39 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Austin Police Cracking Down on Hazardous Driving Memorial Day

APD Chief Art Acevedo said motorists should " obey the law, wear their seatbelts, not drink and drive."
Daniel Reese

 

Last year’s Memorial Day weekend saw 191 car crashes, one death and 99 injuries, said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. 

This year, 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.

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Breaking News
7:24 am
Fri May 17, 2013

SWAT Situation on East U.S. Hwy 290 Ends (Update)

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Update: 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.

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.

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Austin
3:54 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Program Helps Immigrants Make Austin Home Away From Home

Jessica Webster with APD Victims Service talks to participants at the APD's first immigrant outreach event.
Ann Choi for KUT News

With Austin welcoming around 150 new people every day, the Austin Police Department is especially reaching out to those from afar.

The APD Community Liaison Office hosted its first immigrant outreach event today in North Austin.

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Austin
12:53 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

APD Officer Shoots At, Misses Driver of Car That Ran Red Light

APD Chief Art Acevedo at the scene of this morning's officer-involved shooting.
Joy Diaz/KUT News

No one was injured this morning when an Austin Police officer shot at a 58 year-old man at the corner of 12th Street and Airport. But the incident is likely to, once again, raise questions about the use of lethal force by Austin police.

APD says the incident started as a routine traffic stop just a few minutes before 8 o'clock when a truck ran a red light. After the truck was pulled over, police say the driver got out of the vehicle and walked towards the officer making the stop.

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Austin
6:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

APD Utility Interceptors Rolling onto Austin Streets

Austin Police Transitioning to Ford Utility Interceptor
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When you think of a police car, you probably envision the Ford Crown Victoria, long the choice of law enforcement agencies all over North America, including here in Austin. 

But Ford has decided to stop making them, so APD is making a switch, mainly to a utility vehicle based on the Ford Explorer.            

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Transportation
4:30 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

APD Launches Bike Safety Push

APD will be using vehicles with wraps such as this to issue citations and increase motorist-bicyclist awareness.
Austin Feldman for KUT News

Hear Austin Police Chief Acevedo talk about the need for mutual respect between motorists and bicyclists.

The Austin Police Department is launching the first phase of a bike safety initiative today.

As Austin’s bicycling community grows – two percent of commuters are getting to work by bike – so does the need for increased education and awareness. Especially after a record year of traffic deaths.

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Crime
5:35 am
Mon April 29, 2013

After Boston Bombings, Being Vigilant Without Being Paranoid

Kirsten Brunner with her family. She says her boys inspired her to create the SAFE Tool.
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Click the player to listen to the story as it aired on KUT 90.5.

In the two weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing, suspects have been identified and news outlets have interviewed people who knew them – asking if there was any sign that they might be capable of the attacks.

The same questions were asked after the Newtown Elementary School shooting.

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Austin
10:10 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting

54-year-old Herbert Babelay was shot and killed Tuesday night by Austin police.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The Austin Police Chief says an incident this week in which police officers fatally shot a man was not a mental health call.

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.

Here’s how Chief Acevedo characterizes this week’s incident, in which a man was shot after pointing a shotgun at APD officers.

“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.”

The Texas Civil Rights Project is calling for more involvement from the Austin Police Monitor’s Office in assessing calls involving use of force.

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