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APD suspends officer for inappropriate language

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Police Chief Brian Manley has suspended Officer Jonathan Pax for making “inappropriate comments regarding various racial and cultural demographic areas of the city,” according to a memo from the chief to Joya Hayes in her role as director of civil service. According to the memo, Pax got into an argument with two female citizens and then told another officer about “his belief that different communities within Austin respond/interact differently to police activity in their neighborhoods. His comments do not reflect the values of the Austin Police Department and work against our commitment to building stronger relationships with our community.” The officer has been suspended for 60 days, beginning Oct. 26. Both Chief Manley and Pax signed the disciplinary agreement, which removes the chief’s right to indefinitely suspend Pax as well as Pax’s right to appeal the suspension.

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