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Violating policy, Ramos video delayed

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Citing a failure to follow its own policy, the Austin Police Department will delay release of video showing the police killing of Mike Ramos. According to a report by KUT and a statement by City Manager Spencer Cronk, the required Office of Police Oversight review of the video had not yet happened on Sunday, though the 60-day deadline to release the video is Tuesday. A statement from Austin Justice Coalition, Texas Fair Defense Project, Just Liberty, and Texas Appleseed reiterated a call for Chief Brian Manley to resign. “Let us be very clear. We support the release of body camera footage. However, we do not trust what Chief Manley is about to do by releasing a video without complying with his own agreed editing policies, and we object to retraumatizing the family and the community,” it read. “We do not believe this video release violation around the Ramos case is an accident.”

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