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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

APD updates commission on DNA backlog

The Austin Police Department hopes to have the backlog of sexual assault kits eliminated within the next year, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told the Public Safety Commission on Monday. APD will soon begin sending 100 batches of evidence every two…

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Monday, December 5, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County Sheriff-elect Sally Hernandez

Incoming Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about her goals for the office, including those that cover its immigration policy. Show is embedded below.

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Friday, December 2, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves Manley to head police department

City Council voted unanimously Thursday to hire Brian Manley, the chief of staff to outgoing Police Chief Art Acevedo, to be the Austin Police Department’s interim chief. Manley said he was “honored, proud and humbled” by both Council’s support and…

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Friday, November 18, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Chief Acevedo moves on to Houston

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is Bayou City-bound. On Thursday afternoon, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that Acevedo will take over that city’s police department, confirming a report from Austin American-Statesman reporter Tony Plohetski earlier in the morning. “To say…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

The sad state of DNA testing in sexual assault cases

It might take a while for Austin to clear its backlog of more than 600 batches of DNA evidence related to sexual assaults. Austin Police Department Chief of Staff Brian Manley told members of the Public Safety Commission on Tuesday…

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Police Department looks to Dallas County to ease DNA backlog

City Council members today will consider contracting with a Dallas County forensic lab to process evidence in at least 600 sexual assault cases. The contract, funded with money out of the Austin Police Department budget, totals $1.6 million for a…

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Monday, October 31, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

How the Travis County DA’s race could affect police use-of-force cases

One race tucked into the crowded ballots that Travis County voters are seeing this election could have a substantial effect on police use-of-force cases. From the death of Eric Garner in New York to the death of David Joseph here…

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Chief addresses complaints, demotions

Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo on Wednesday strongly defended his decision to suspend and demote two supervisors for failing to appropriately investigate two high-profile use-of-force complaints. He also scoffed at Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday’s call for him…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission deadlocks on new police proposal for impounding cars

The Public Safety Commission deadlocked on a proposal to expand the Austin Police Department’s ability to impound a car when the driver does not have a driver’s license. The proposed ordinance, put forth by the Austin Police Department, would allow…

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