Wednesday, September 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Public Safety Commission calls for $5.6M to clear DNA backlog

The Public Safety Commission upped the ante Tuesday, calling for an additional $5.6 million to tackle a backlog of DNA cases that continue to accumulate while the city’s lab remains shuttered.With a week left to pass the city’s budget, City…

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about policing in Austin against the backdrop of current national concerns.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin police short-staffed and underprotected, advocates say

In the aftermath of two shootings in Austin last weekend, City Council should increase police numbers as well as invest in better body armor, advocates say.Those shootings, along with a fierce national debate over the role police should be playing in…

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

The investigations that begin when APD officers discharge their weapons

While investigations into the police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota have begun, a writer for feminist publication Ravishly wonders how each local jurisdiction investigates cases like these.Writer Ijeoma Oluo poses these questions: “Who reviews civilian complaints? Is…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

The day after Dallas police shootings, APD graduates 37 new officers

It’s been one week since Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling, a black man selling CDs outside a convenience store. Just a day later, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police outside St. Paul, Minn.Then, on…

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission wants ongoing scrutiny of police body camera policies

Activists and city leaders who pushed for the Austin Police Department to equip its officers with body cameras continue to voice concerns about the implementation of the program, including whether it will bring the intended transparency and protect the privacy…

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