After Austin joins the basketball team, Jimmy Starr tells him to quit so he doesn't get injured, affecting his ability to dance. Under pressure, the group must try to correct the children's flaws and mentor them to become good musicians in order to save their music factory's reputation. The team of 11 had two officers on family leave and another out due to injury. In addition to issues with DuBoise's actions, Reyes accused the mounted patrol officers of violating the department's responsibility to the community.
Ally's story then motivates Austin to get over his fear and finish Dez's movie. Meanwhile, Trish keeps annoying Dez because she wants a better role in the film. Trish gets a new job at Melody Diner with a singing waitress named Cassidy with whom Austin falls in love. When he asks her out, she turns him down because she cannot balance the stress of work, a band, and a boyfriend.
He gets a job at the diner to be around her, and when he again asks her out after serenading her, she declines due to the fact her band is moving to L. Meanwhile, Dez finds out that Mindy is the manager of the diner and must get away from her because he knows she is infatuated with him. When they get there, the power in the houseboat goes out. Meanwhile, Trish and Dez go out to hunt for a legendary alligator , "Big Mama".
Little do they know, a baby alligator followed them to the boat, attracting Big Mama. Big Mama bursts through the boat door, but the group works together and makes her leave. Dez accidentally drills a hole in the floor of the boat, causing it to sink. In the end, Austin delivers an unforgettable performance at the Swamp Blast. Austin has a chance at being signed to a big record deal, but when he stays up all night recording a demo, he strains his voice.
Austin visits the doctor and discovers that he has nodules on his vocal chords. He must then make the decision on whether to get a procedure that will allow him to sing, but may permanently alter his voice, or avoid the procedure at the risk of never being able to sing again and taking over the family mattress business. Austin's music career is flourishing—his album is about to be released and Ally got accepted into Music University of New York with the help of Austin, Trish, and Dez.
However, the group is unaware that the music school is in New York. Heartbroken, Ally finally reveals the big news. The group is devastated about her departure and they do not want her to leave.
Now Ally has to decide whether to give up her dream and stay in Miami and continue being Austin's partner or leave for New York. During the album release party, the group makes a slideshow of all the good times they shared together. Afterward, they say their final goodbyes; however, Ally later announces that she is already living her dream and that she is staying in Miami. Austin's new record label owner, Jimmy Starr, invites him to perform at the Starr Records Halloween party, where he will sing a duet with Taylor Swift to Ally's newest song; however, Austin thinks that Ally sold their song to Taylor Swift and accidentally sends Jimmy a text where he lets out his frustration.
At the Halloween party, they split up to find Jimmy in order to delete the text message. Meanwhile, Trish and Dez decide to go on a ghost-hunting mission since the mansion they are in is supposedly haunted.
Luckily, they find Jimmy and Ally deletes the message by pretending to send a text to her father. Trish and Dez's ghost-hunting mission goes awry when they accidentally knock Taylor Swift unconscious. Since Ally is wearing the exact same costume as Taylor Swift, she steps in and acts as Taylor Swift to not leave Austin hanging.
Austin and Ally are suspicious when Trish and Dez are hiding something from them. This leads them to believe that they are dating when, in fact, Trish is dating Trent, who becomes Austin's newest backup dancer. Trish decided to keep their relationship a secret to not influence Austin's decision when Trent auditioned for a role as Austin's backup dancer.
Later, Ally finds out that Trent is cheating on Trish and only dated her to be a backup dancer in Austin's group, she decides whether to tell her or not.
After getting advice from her mother, Penny, over video-chat, she decides to tell her. Trish confronts Trent and they break up and Austin fires him from the group, but Trent thinks that the reason he was fired is because Austin is jealous that he is the "better" dancer.
Trent challenges Austin to a dance-off. In the end, Austin wins the dance-off and Trish gets a new boyfriend. Trish books Austin for the cover of a popular teen magazine, Cheetah Beat. First, Austin must answer a questionnaire, but Trish thinks he is boring so she decides to fill it out for him instead.
When the journalist, Megan Simms, shows up, everyone realizes Trish has embellished Austin's hobbies, skills, and interests. Megan wants to see all of Austin's astonishing skills to prove he is worthy to be on the cover.
Austin fears that if he backs down, Megan will expose him as a total liar. Now the group must find a way to keep the journalist impressed while not getting Austin into trouble. After a flood at Nelson's school ruins all of their instruments, he is sad because the music program will not be able to perform their concert.
Ally accidentally gives away all of the instruments at Sonic Boom to the music program. The group decides to host a fundraiser to raise the money and Austin is set to give a phenomenal performance in order to receive more donations. However, when Austin gets grounded due to his bad grades, the group is left needing a backup plan. Trent asks Ally to write him a song so he can be famous like Austin. After Ally refuses to help him, Trent steals her newest song that she worked on with Austin.
Later, the group discovers that Trent became an overnight sensation by copying Austin's "Double Take" music video and going by the stage name T-Fame. Trent quickly rises to fame and starts stealing Austin's life. Now the group must find a way to take him down. Although Trish really booked him at Tim's Square Pizza, so she now has to fix the whole situation. Trish takes Jimmy Starr's computer while he is being distracted by Dez and talks to a musical agent of the company to see if he can fix the whole mess.
Later, the mess is fixed, except trouble ensues when the plane suffers mechanical problems and is diverted to Philadelphia. The group quickly comes up with a solution and decides to take a cab to New York, but they're kicked off when they can't afford the fare for going a far distance.
When security won't let the group through the crowded streets, they bump into Jessie, a nanny, and Emma, a crazed fan. Luckily, Jessie comes up with an effective plan to get Austin to perform on time. Jessie takes a helicopter to Times Square so Austin will be there on time. Meanwhile, Jessie lets the group stay at their apartment in hopes that Austin will record one of her songs and turn it into a big hit.
There the group meets the rest of the Ross family: Luke, Ravi, Zuri, and Bertram. Later, they all travel to Miami , where Austin and Jessie sing a duet at his next concert. It's revealed Jessie's "song" is actually Zuri's school assignment. Zuri finds out and ends up giving Jessie credit because she knows how much it means to her.
In the end, Austin and Jessie give an unforgettable performance and Dez makes an awesome music video. Dez is filming Austin's new music video with Starr Records and he hires a girl named Kira as Austin's love interest.
Kira has the looks, but unfortunately she has halitosis , making her really hard to work with. When Dez is determined to fire her, they discover that she is Jimmy Starr's daughter.
They try numerous times to freshen up her breath, but fail, so they attempt to make her quit when Dez attaches a drool tube to Austin. It works, but Jimmy has Kira rehired for the video and has Austin speak to the Miami children's club. Jimmy ends up finding out about Kira's bad breath and offers to do something about it. Now that Kira has cured her bad breath, Austin decides to ask her out.
She accepts, but changes her mind when she believes Austin has a crush on Ally. In order to prove her wrong, Ally helps Austin plan the perfect date for him and Kira, but in the process realizes that she likes Austin. On top of that, Ally realizes that the necklace she is wearing reads "Kira".
Austin was supposed to give it to Kira, but instead took Ally's identical necklace that said "Ally". Ally, Trish, and Dez decide to sneak to the park and switch Austin's picnic basket so that Kira will not think that Ally is trying to sabotage their night.
They are caught and Kira blames Ally for ruining the date. In the end, Austin and Kira decide to stay together and finish their date playing video games in Dez's basement, leaving Ally upset. When Ally's old summer camp friend, Elliot, comes to Miami to visit, he and Ally spend a lot of time catching up and reminiscing about the past. Although Austin is now dating Kira, he suddenly finds himself jealous seeing Ally with Elliot.
Later, Austin reveals to Dez that he also has feelings for Ally, making him confused about whom he really loves. When Austin hears that Ally is planning to tell Elliot she wants to be his girlfriend, he runs to the restaurant to stop her.
However, it turns out to be a misunderstanding—Ally had actually been planning to tell Elliot that she couldn't be with him because they had nothing to talk about other than summer camp.
Meanwhile, Dez is feeling alone without Austin, so he hangs out with Trish who takes advantage of him to do her work for her while she enjoys some leisure time. Penny, Ally's mother, returns from Africa to host a book release party and Ally finally works up the courage to face her biggest fear and perform on stage.
Meanwhile, Austin decides whom he really loves and asks Kira to be his girlfriend, but she tells him she needs time to think. At the event, Austin and Ally perform a duet together and Ally successfully conquers her stage fright. After their performance, Austin and Ally run backstage in joy and share a spontaneous kiss. Shortly after, Kira arrives and accepts Austin's offer to be his girlfriend, in front of Ally, leaving Ally heartbroken and Austin guilty, which ends on a cliffhanger.
Meanwhile, Lester is not happy about Penny naming a cheap gorilla after him. After what happened with Kira, Ally tries to move on and focuses on her career. Meanwhile, Austin tries to break up with Kira to be with Ally, but his methods backfire. Trish becomes Ally's manager and books her an interview with Megan Simms to talk about her career, but Megan cares more about the gossip. Austin finally breaks up with Kira, but when they hug, Megan snaps the picture, and it makes the cover of Cheetah Beat.
Ally still believes Austin is with Kira, so Austin tries to win her over by buying her a new piano and Dez suggests an idea to parachute it. At Ally's congratulations party, things go wrong when the piano crashes down from the sky. Later, Austin finds a song that Ally wrote, which explains that she still has feelings for him.
In the end, Austin serenades Ally with that song and they officially become a couple. Dez enters a short story contest; to help him win, he purchases an antique typewriter that just happens to be magic. Everything starts to go well, but, unfortunately, Dez's worst enemy, Chuck, steals it, causing Austin, Ally, Trish, and Dez to do everything that Chuck types on the magic typewriter. Now they have to do everything they can to get it back. Chuck makes the group's hair purple, makes the group switch bodies, and makes Ally and Trish fall in love with him.
At the end, it turns out the whole episode is Dez's actual short story. Austin goes on his first date with Ally, but their date gets ruined when bad luck continues to strike.
Later, Ally gets the chance to perform a song in a movie, but Austin and Ally can't agree on how to genre the song. Everything turns bad when the producer of the movie wants the song, but because of their disagreements, the song doesn't sound good.
This event makes Austin and Ally realize they should not be a couple because they could hurt each other's feelings and ruin their friendship, so they decide to just stay friends. Meanwhile, Trish and Dez make a film so they can win a contest. Trish invites Ally to get some spa treatments to prepare for a photo shoot. The day of relaxation turns into a disaster when Ally drinks a wheatgrass juice that makes her teeth green, her hair is treated until it turns puffy, her facial turns her face pink, and her hands get stuck in wax in the nail bath.
Meanwhile, Dez prepares for a chili cook-off against Chuck. Austin gets Ally's necklace from her grandmother, but accidentally drops it in the chili pot right before the judging. Luckily, they find it. Ally auditions for a record deal and is accepted, but is shocked to find out it's for a superficial music group called "The Stray Kitties". Disliking the group, Ally tries to quit, but her manager, Val, won't let her. Austin, Trish, and Dez try to find a way to get Ally out of her contract.
Meanwhile, Dez gets advice from Austin about a girl he likes. Dez begins to act sophisticated for his crush because she is "Glamour Kitty". However, she later reveals that's just an act for "The Stray Kitties". Ally has to write three songs for herself for a meeting with a record label, but Austin also needs a song for when he goes on Video Countdown Lives' New Music Tuesday.
He tells Ally he can write his own song, but after trying to find inspiration from the Pioneer Rangers handbook, he finds that the song he and Dez wrote is actually horrible. Austin is too embarrassed to ask for Ally's help, so he instead takes Dez's advice and tries to get Ally to offer help. Their plan backfires when Ally is afraid she'll hurt their feelings and says she loves it. Trish tells Ally that Austin will be humiliated if he gets on live TV, so Ally tells him her honest opinion and Austin asks for help.
Ally tells him that there isn't enough time, but suggests he uses one of her demo songs; however, he refuses because her songs are too girly for him. Meanwhile, Trish is helping her brother's Pioneer Rangers group and has to take them camping. Ally suggests that Austin calls the show to say that he has to reschedule because he is volunteering with the Pioneer Rangers. However, the plan backfires when the show suggests bringing the show to Austin and watching him perform from the campground.
On the day they're leaving, Ally suggests that Austin could sing his song as a gift for the children since it is centered on the Pioneer Rangers. When he sings his song, the show thinks it's a joke and Austin has to find a new song to sing. The Pioneer Rangers are told to stall the broadcast by tying the host to a stump with an impossible knot and then trapping the rest of the crew in a tent so that Austin doesn't have to go live.
In the end, Austin doesn't have to perform live after a bear shows up at the campsite. Jimmy Starr offers to buy Ally's new song for his daughter, Kira, but Ally says no because the song is about her. Kira has a new album that she has gone to record.
The group later goes to check it out, but when Austin, Trish, and Dez accidentally ruin the song in the recording studio, Austin gets released from his contract with Starr Records. Kira has a gig and before she performs her song Ally goes to Kira and gives her the song and asks Kira to tell her father to sign Austin back to his record deal. Kira lets Ally sing her song "Finally Me" at the gig. When Ally finishes her song, Jimmy goes up to her and tells her that what she was willing to do for Austin was sweet.
He then signs Austin back to his record deal and also signs Ally on a record deal. Each nominee must post a video of themselves online, but after Jean Paul Paul-Jean says that Ally may not win due to her lack of dancing ability, her friends try to change her original decision to create a dance video. Ally instead stays with her idea of a dance video. Ally ends up winning the contest and lets her friends know that she believed in herself.
Meanwhile, Austin and Dez try to relax at a fake beach. Ally thinks Austin should have another shot at songwriting, so she gives him a songwriting book. To help him, she tells him to write about something or someone he cares about. Austin writes a song called "Steal Your Heart" and it becomes a big hit. Meanwhile, Trish and Dez are addicted to a show called Crime and Judgement. Soon afterward, everyone begins asking Austin who he wrote the song about.
Trish and Dez try to search for answers, using their knowledge from watching the show. Later, Val accuses Austin of stealing "Steal Your Heart", which she claimed she wrote, but the group suspects she is only suing them to get revenge for not writing her a song for the Stray Kitties.
The next day, they go to court, where the group tries their best to defend Austin, but experiences trouble when Val displays her own evidence, putting them at risk of losing the case. Trish decides to question each of Austin's previous romantic interests to try to prove he wrote the song about one of them, but, unfortunately, they have no luck.
They come to a decision to have Austin perform "Steal your heart" as evidence. Trish watches throughout the performance and notices that Austin looked at every girl in the courtroom except Ally.
After that, Austin admits that the song is about Ally, after which they both admit they still have feelings for each other, but they still decide to be friends. In the end, the group wins the case. Austin chooses to use a futuristic instrument to write the song, but Ally believes they should write it the old-fashioned way. After Austin accidentally breaks it, he gets electrocuted and is transferred to the year , where everything is plain white and music is just random noise.
Austin discovers that the advanced machines have ruined everything, making songwriting and music less personal. Austin realizes that the regular way of writing songs is more important, so he teaches real music to futuristic versions of Ally, Trish, and Dez. He then gets electrocuted again, waking up from his futuristic dream in the present day and tells his friends. It is spirit week at Marino High: After Austin joins the basketball team, Jimmy Starr tells him to quit so he doesn't get injured, affecting his ability to dance.
Ally helps Austin decide to stay on the team, but, unfortunately, he sprains his knee during a match. The group then must figure out a way to help Austin perform at an upcoming concert. Meanwhile, Dez competes against Chuck for the position of the school's yell leader. Austin discovers his old rock 'n' roll hero, Jackson Lowe, playing for money at the mall. Austin convinces his friends to help him get a big comeback. Trish plans a concert for Austin and Jackson to perform a new song Ally wrote.
Before the concert, Jackson refuses to perform, but changes his mind after advice from Austin. The concert goes well until Jackson has a meltdown. He then decides it's best to stay out of the music business and reveals that he isn't broke.
Meanwhile, Austin gives gifts to his friends from his career check, Ally wears a pair of crystal shoes that are hard to walk in, Trish looks for a job where she can be her own boss, and Dez finds a solid gold cart. Austin, Ally, and Trish join Dez and his father, Dennis, and his mother, Donna, at a birthday celebration for Dez's younger sister, Didi.
At Didi's party, everyone meets Didi's boyfriend, Chuck. Dez then breaks the couple up with the help of his friends, only making Chuck wanting revenge on them. The group and Dez's family decide to end Dez and Chuck's feud by putting them in a situation, where they must work together. In the end, the two make up and become friends. Austin and Ally are going to be guest judges on America's Top Talent , and they help a girl, Lucy, who is very similar to Ally, with stage fright so she can be a star.
Ally thinks that she knows everything that Lucy likes and has to do to overcome her fear because she has almost the same mannerisms that Ally used to have, such as chewing on her hair when she gets nervous. Ally tries to make Lucy become a different person by not letting her choose the song that she wants to sing and changing her wardrobe. Ally tries to choose everything for Lucy, but later Ally realizes that she taught Lucy to change in order to fit in.
Lucy starts to feel uncomfortable on stage and then Ally realizes that she taught Lucy wrong and then tells her that she really does just have to be herself. Meanwhile, Trish wants to be on TV, so Dez makes signs; however, he did not make the first sign big enough and accidentally let go of the second balloon sign.
Austin finally gets to go on his first national tour and invites Ally, Trish, and Dez to come on tour with him. However, when Ally gets a record deal with Ronnie Ramone, she has to decide whether to go on tour with Austin or stay in Miami and sign with Ronnie's label. During discussing whether or not she should go with Trish, she admits that she still has feelings for Austin and she feels that Austin feels the same way and thinks that if they don't see each other for three months that their feelings can change.
Later, Ally shows up at the tour bus and hugs everyone goodbye. Austin quickly runs back out and is about to tell Ally he loves her, but instead gives her a card with a message inside. The last scene shows Ally playing the piano in Ronnie's studio while looking at the card that Austin gave her and Austin playing to the same song on guitar on the tour bus.
Ally is having trouble finishing her songs and video chats her friends. Should that happen — should an officer put their hands on a civilian, whether to arrest them or just attempt to calm them down — it's become routine someone will film it. You see the crowd close in; generally [because they want] to get a picture of what's going on. You got social media, cameras.
You have people climbing on officers' backs to get the first photo. What used to take four officers responding to a disturbance is now going to take more.
To hear Casaday tell it, staffing Downtown — once the choice beat of patrolling officers — is now the bottom of the rung, with officers — often young officers just off their month probationary period — getting assigned to work there against their wishes. It's menial, he says, unless they've got to make a potentially violent arrest. Another unofficial axiom of law enforcement is that response to resistance arrests will almost always appear overly violent.
Casaday has stressed that overexposure to the area can lead to work fatigue. But he says the process for getting disgruntled officers out of DTAC is tough. A patrol freeze brought on by the current staffing shortage APD currently claims more than FTE vacancies keeps current regional patrol counts set. Both Casaday and McIlvain say reassignments are only being executed in extenuating circumstances.
Speaking for the department, McIlvain tells the Chronicle that Casaday's claims that officers don't want to work DTAC anymore are more likely representative of a few outlying instances. And he maintains that DTAC is not getting staffed with rookie cops. McIlvain says the department would never staff DTAC with officers still on probation, but concedes that the area patrol is shifting younger.
There's no expectation that you have the same tenure. One such example of the unique rigors on Sixth Street became evident shortly after 1: A report came in that multiple gunshots were fired around Seventh Street and Neches, between the ARCH and the Caritas building, which on weekends converts to a booking station and staging grounds for officers patrolling DTAC. The pod split up; half of the officers broke for the scene of the shooting, and found two shells but no assailant.
A suspected shooter was arrested later in the evening. On our way back to Sixth Street, a young couple ran up to the officers upset about how one of the cops had pushed the boyfriend out of his way in his pursuit of the crime scene. The officer explained that they were on their way to a potential live shooting, apologized, but made clear that in this case his physicality was merely the cost of doing business.
While this was happening, the girlfriend had started an argument with a cop-watching activist she believed was getting in the way of her boyfriend's conversation with APD. I noticed upon hearing her complaints how close he was when filming the discussion. One of the officers speaking with the boyfriend asked for the activist to step back. He moved the prescribed distance back and shouted the words "Disturbance!
Cop Watchers The activist was Julian Reyes, a year-old street artist who identifies as semi-homeless. He's a known figure among DTAC patrol, having first started cop watching in the summer of after an officer shot his dog outside of a South Austin storage facility Reyes rented.
He currently has a civil case pending against the city and members of APD. Reyes has been arrested for interfering with police activity, and for crossing against a light. Both times he was filming law enforcement with his camera.
He says that he's routinely subject to intimidation and harassment by APD, whether by way of an officer putting hands on him or telling him to stop filming from a certain location already being occupied by other people.
He touts his connection to the homeless newspaper The Challenger Street Newspaper. Reyes believes in filming everything. In three years, he's captured thousands of hours of city business — a large portion of it uneventful — uploading it to one of his many YouTube channels. His most active channel is called Lizzardo Giganticus. Earlier that night on Sixth Street, shortly after assembling into a pod, one officer spotted Reyes filming from behind a nearby tree. The topic of Peaceful Streets came up frequently that night.
Most of the conversation concerned how many nights its membership has spent documenting menial police activity. PSP membership refutes this, saying it captures tiny infractions all the time. Members say it's only when a video captures the general public's attention that the department chooses to investigate. Video recorded by PSP member Richard Boland shows DuBoise approaching Cuellar from a distance, throwing him to the ground, and arresting him without Cuellar offering any resistance.
Cuellar was charged by APD with public intoxication, interfering with police animals, and resisting his arrest. The first two charges never made it to court. Nightly news caught wind; the Fifth Floor launched an investigation. Six months later, news emerged that DuBoise received a written reprimand, the lowest form of punishment passable through civil service — a citation not open to public records.
He also received a promotion from detective to sergeant. The department declined to confirm whether the promotion was the direct result of any hearing. Additionally, it was Antonio Buehler, PSP's founder, who captured footage of Detective Ricky Jones refusing to identify himself to Buehler, and making threatening statements about Buehler's First Amendment right to film police from a reasonable distance which fluctuates based on discretion but often extends to 15 feet.
Jones received a day suspension for violating APD Policy Both the department and association routinely contest PSP's assertions. They say that civilian footage often fails to capture an incident's full context, and rarely depicts use-of-force arrests in an accurate manner. Casaday accuses the activists specifically of antagonizing and routinely interfering with the work of his patrolling officers.
It's absolutely inappropriate and unprofessional. You can, but expect a bad reaction. To reiterate McIlvain's assessment: A public desire to film fights has required more officers to secure arrest scenes. In this case, officers called in the mounted patrol to help establish a safe working area. Twenty seconds into the clip, one mounted officer making her way around the north side of the scene passes by a man who's holding his phone high in the air so that he can record the scene.
The officer grabs his cell phone. Immediately after, another officer pepper sprays the person. The department acknowledged it and said an investigation was ongoing. Veteran officers noted privately the manner in which the filmer who got pepper sprayed was holding his phone up in the air when it got snatched — an indication that it was closer to the mounted patrol officer's face than the YouTube video let on.
In December, a source told the Chronicle that the mounted patrol officer received a written reprimand. The panel heard testimony on three incidents: The first complaint dealt with Boland's video.
In addition to issues with DuBoise's actions, Reyes accused the mounted patrol officers of violating the department's responsibility to the community. Reyes said that the mounted units function as "battering rams" to break up crowds, and wondered aloud if their presence was truly necessary. He also mentioned how another officer, who declined to identify himself after the incident, told Boland: The second derived from an incident later that same evening. Another officer, Aljoe Garibay, followed Griffin in his path.
Garibay stood in front of Reyes and yelled at him to get out of the way. Reyes said the two officers intentionally targeted him and that certain DTAC officers routinely take extraordinary issue with activists who film police. Reyes' final complaint detailed an incident last June in which he was arrested for jaywalking. He stated that he believed the arresting officer, Spencer Bradley, busted him for the rarely enforced ordinance because he was annoyed that Reyes videotaped an earlier detainment that he worked.
Bradley confiscated Reyes' camcorder and stopped it from recording during Reyes' arrest. Reyes believed that both actions were retaliatory. Because the three complaints were heard together, Reyes was given 30 minutes to speak before the volunteer panel. He pointed to other incidents in which he believed he was retaliated against, and times in which he considered officers to be antagonistic or rude. After his time was up, he ceded the floor to Boland, who spoke briefly and reiterated much of what Reyes had said.
Boland's last remarks were clear: The panel broke into executive session after Boland's comments. One week later, the CRP issued a memo to Acevedo.
The memo made clear that the panel agreed the officers involved in Reyes' three complaints did not violate APD policy; however, it also issued a recommendation to the chief.
While not rising to the level of a policy violation, the obvious antagonism between some of the accused officers and the Peaceful Streets Project activist is troubling because we know that the weekly contact between APD personnel and PSP activists will continue.
The situation seems ripe for a blowup and should be addressed. We fear that over time, the repetitive use of force required to address the needs and demands of the homeless, the Downtown Austin businesses, the hordes of intoxicated individuals, the unruly crowds, and the activists may cause DTAC officers to, perhaps unknowingly and unintentionally, use an ever increasing amount of force.
We also fear that over time, the constant stress of working amongst all these individuals will become unmanageable for DTAC officers. If either of those fears come to pass, our Downtown will be less safe for all involved. Time for a Change? Tensions have historically run high between the review panel, department, and the union, often due to disagreements over the CRP's recommendations to the chief on critical incidents. That's only one half of the CRP's job, however: History has shown that neither department execs nor the rank-and-file see eye-to-eye with the folks appointed by the city manager to act as civic liaisons.
Certain CRP critics contest that the board shouldn't consider specific critical incidents at all. The other half of the job authorizes the panel to submit recommendations for review on departmental issues and patterns it believes could become harmful to both officers and the public. It's a bit more humanizing.
It applies more basically to a situation like the one currently relevant to Downtown. Casaday tells the Chronicle that he was happy to see the panel address the issue via memo. He says he asked the department to make it possible for officers to get transferred out of DTAC once they've been there for two years, but says staffing shortages and trouble keeping patrol numbers level throughout the city have made adjustments like that more difficult. He says that Acevedo has been more diligent of late responding to officers who say they need out of Downtown.
I know some people who have been down there for five years; they love it. They love that area. But not everybody's meant for that job. I think they're dedicated. I watch them in action. I think they take their job seriously and don't make recommendations willy nilly. I think they make recommendations with the eye on improving police relations with the community. Acevedo told the Chronicle the memorandum was still in draft; he had not had the chance to review Cochran's response. Police staffing, training factors in fatal shooting of teen.
CST February 16, For video - visit the following link. Flanked by police union advocates, the Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said there has been a rush to judgment from Chief Art Acevedo about one of their own: Freeman shot and killed Joseph in a Northeast Austin neighborhood last week.
Casaday noted that APD is officers short. He also said that the department must enhance defense tactics training for APD patrol officers. Freeman's attorney Grant Goodwin said his client was following his training when he shot and killed Joseph. Chandra Erving, president of the Texas Peace Officers Association, said the shooting death of Joseph is a tragedy, adding that no officer wakes up with the intention to shoot and kill anyone. Freeman's attorney said his client is expected before internal affairs investigators Wednesday.
Beside the criminal investigation, this one will see if Freeman broke any department policies. While I respect their views, I will not be commenting any further. As stated last week, our focus is on a complete and impartial investigation, which we owe to both the Joseph and Freeman families, as well as the Austin community. For video - visit the following link http: He clarified some of the events surrounding what happened. While there are still a lot of unknowns as to why that officer shot David Joseph, what we do know is that he was not lying on the road.
Chief Art Acevedo says he is on police video charging at Officer Freeman before shots were fired. That video is part of the ongoing investigation. Chief Acevedo also acknowledged the ongoing question of why Officer Freeman shot Joseph instead of tasering him. That is being reviewed in the ongoing investigation as well. We also learned that Joseph had been in contact with some people on Sunday but no calls were made.
There were also several other incidents on Monday morning, but those weren't reported either. Though there is a forty-five day window that police can take for the investigation, Acevedo says he expects it to wrap in about thirty days. That is even if the toxicology results aren't back yet. Police union president defends use of deadly force. Casaday pointed to a video that captured a incident in East Austin with Officer Jamie Harver as an example.
Police dash cam footage showed Harver responding to a naked man trying to break into an Austin daycare. She yelled "Sir" a few times to get his attention. When he refused to comply, she used her Taser a couple of times. A few seconds passed before the man gets up, pulls the taser prongs out of his skin, and continues trying to break into the daycare. Casaday hoped this video will give people a better idea of how situations can quickly get out of control.
They can take your gun, take your taser because they have an unhuman strength," said Casaday. The toxicology reports will take weeks to process.
Casaday said there was no doubt that Joseph was mentally altered. Casaday said he has dealt and fought with many suspects who were either mentally altered or on drugs.
He said the latter can make some stronger especially if they're on PCP, bath salts, or meth. He also said certain drugs create high body temperatures and that's why clothes are taken off. Linder said he thinks police should contain before confronting subjects. He said Monday's situation is different. He believes the officer panicked. But he thinks police need to change how they approach the mentally ill or those on drugs.
He only became aggressive when he was confronted The officer clearly panicked so I think he was unprepared for what he saw. Why not contain the situation, get back up, then engage when you have to," said Linder.
Casaday said they don't call mental health officers until they get the person under control. He also said he hopes the community will wait for the results of the investigation before calling for any action.
Police said he has a clean internal affairs record and is an Iraqi war veteran. He is on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol while investigators look into the shooting.
Austin Police Association answers criticisms in David Joseph shooting. By Chris Sadeghi Published: February 10, , 5: February 10, , 6: Videos of past examples of suspects being tased can be viewed here with the following article.
In the video, an Austin police officer is responding to a daycare center where a naked man is trying to barge in through the front door. After shouting at the man, she deploys a Taser to bring him to the ground. As he rolls around on the ground, the officer continues to cycle the Taser until the man pulls the prongs out of his back and continues to try and bust down the door.
A short time later, he walks towards the officer, punching her, knocking her to the ground, and appears to try and take something from her, but seconds later, police backup arrive.
Nobody died, but Casaday says it very easily could have ended in the death of an officer. After backup arrives, the man can be seen chasing after female onlookers who were in the area watching the incident unfold before finally being tased again and handcuffed. An internal affairs investigation into the shooting has begun and although Casaday could not comment about the specifics, he did say Freeman gave verbal warnings to deescalate the situation before shooting and killing year-old David Josesh.
Casaday believes the criticism for how the officer did his job should wait until details are revealed in the investigation. Court rejects Brandon Daniel appeal in killing of police officer Updated: Jurors deliberated for an hour before finding Daniel guilty of capital murder in February , and they then needed just eight hours of discussion before sentencing the former software engineer to die. Before the shooting, Daniel demonstrated an escalating pattern of disrespect for the law, Meyers said, noting that he had led Colorado police on a dangerous chase on his motorcycle in After the shooting, Daniel displayed a lack of remorse, the judge wrote.
He also discussed plans to escape prison and profit from his crime. A North Austin elementary school has been named for Padron, 40, who had been an Austin police officer for three years after 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department. Dallas police chief faults staffing shortage for decline in specialized units, violent crime increase.
Violent crime is up more than 25 percent so far this year. Specialized unit staffing is down. Property crime is just flat. Brown said all those statistics come back to one bigger number: The traffic unit recently had its own turmoil. The gang stats given to council members showed a marked decline last year. While violent crime was up last year, somehow fewer gang offenses were recorded. Council member Sandy Greyson saw that her district went to just four recorded gang offenses in after recording in Brown said the staffing shortage on the gang unit — which targets gang activity, gathers intelligence on gang members and tracks the offenses — could explain the drop in reporting.
Brown said if response times issues persist, the chief said he may have to eliminate some specialized units all together and focus on patrol. Response times and violent crime increases have been a bugbear for Brown in recent months. Brown also noted that violent crime is still significantly lower than it was a decade ago. For now, Brown is relaunching a program that puts detectives and officers in non-patrol jobs back on the street for two weeks at a time.
Committee chairman Adam Medrano complimented Brown on the crackdown on panhandlers downtown, which has resulted in more than arrests in the first week. And other council members said they want police help to deal with panhandling, homelessness, drug dealing and other lower level crime in their districts.
But he cautioned — while not ruling it out — that pushing for more of a more aggressive policing strategy would make Dallas an exception.
Celebrating 6 police heroes who saved lives Here are some selected examples of people who are with their families this Christmas because of the courage and decisive action of American police officers.
When police officers nationwide find someone in deadly peril they act time and time again in a manner that demonstrates that all lives matter to them, even over their own. Here are some selected examples of people who are with their families this Christmas because of the courage and decisive action of American police officers. Mounted Officer named Adam Johnson heard shots as he was stabling two horses. He managed to fire rounds before Sergeant Johnson — who was still holding the reigns of the horses — spotted him.
Johnson drew and fired one shot while holding his duty weapon with only his strong hand. He instantly dropped the shooter, who was yards away. Police Department arrived at the scene of a fire, where a woman reported that her three-year-old grandson was still inside the burning house. Fire-rescue was not on scene and the smoke and fire emanating from the house suggested the child — if still alive — could not survive much longer.
Sergeant Hudson disregarded his own safety and entered the house. After 60 tense seconds, Hudson exited with the child safe in his arms. I felt good when I went home. In May , a Garland Tex. The two armed men drove up to the entrance, which was blocked by a squad, and exited their vehicle. This happened to be the post of a Garland PD traffic officer working security for the event.
He exited his squad and joined the gun fight started by these two wannabe-mass-murderers. The rifle-toting terrorists would kill no one on this day because they ambushed the wrong officer. He instantly engaged and killed both terrorists in a gun fight that was over in 15 seconds. In October , Cleveland Police Officer David Muniz responded to a domestic disturbance with other officers at which year-old Theodore Johnson was drinking and waving a gun around. As Muniz arrived, the suspect suddenly appeared and shot the officer in the chest.
Amazingly, Muniz went to extraordinary lengths to save Johnson from himself. As expected, Muniz leveled his duty weapon at Johnson. Johnson still held the gun he had just shot Muniz with down at his side. You need some help. Instead, he shouted angrily toward the officers and raised his gun to fire again, but this time he was shot by the officers on scene. Cole tried to calm the subject as he precariously risked his own life to inch closer and closer to the despondent man.
As Cole got within reach, the man jumped. Bystanders breathlessly watched the jumper dangle, momentarily suspended above imminent death. The only thing saving him was the determined grasp of Sergeant Cole. Cole held tight until other officers arrived to assist him in pulling the man back onto the bridge.
Pure muscle and grit won the day. In October once again, Montgomery County Md. Police Officer James Herman was on his way home at the end of his shift when a driver spotted his squad and pulled up to it.
A frantic grandmother reported her nine-month-old granddaughter was not breathing and was unresponsive. Herman immediately began CPR on the child and an off-duty fireman stopped to lend a hand. The child, who was breathless and cyanotic, was brought back to life. Little Kenzie was discovered to have a heart defect. Thanks to Officer Herman, she survived. Protecting Life The selfless actions of all of these officers — and so many others, too many to mention here — prove that we must believe there is good in the world, and that American police officers are a force for good in the world.
DEC 02 Austin Police documents say on Monday afternoon, year-old Westly Barnes told a man to get away from his girlfriend. Then he pulled a gun out and shot that man three times. Police chased Barnes and arrested him after finding him under a car nearby.
The victim was taken to the hospital. Casaday says it's time for the ARCH to be moved away from downtown. We've put them in a position where they're surrounded by liquor stores, crack dealers, the 6th Street entertainment district that Bob Woody who has owned bars and restaurants downtown for the past 32 years also wants to see it moved. According to APD, the number of crimes committed by homeless people in Austin each year are in the thousands.
But they actually appear to be on the decline. She says the ARCH should stay. These are complicated problems and they require careful analysis," Tovo said. Woody says wherever the ARCH is moved to, it should have more of a campus format.
If you deny the service providers the ability to go there, then these homeless are going to continue to come back for these services," Woody said. The first phone call I made on this story today was to Front Steps. They operate the ARCH. I asked Executive Director Mitchell Gibbs if he could do a quick interview on how they screen their clients for guns and keep the place safe from crime in general. And he was keen to end our conversation. Trying to get them to cooperate with our investigations.
And if we're going to spend our tax dollars and our time down there trying to make the ARCH a safer place, then they need to cooperate," Casaday said.
Salvation Army was more helpful on this story than Front Steps. They issued this statement:. Investment in police force works, needs to continue.
Art Acevedo to be named Houston Police Chief. The Myth of the Racist Cop. Houston officials move toward landmark pension reform. Burglary suspect dies after police shooting in southwest Austin. APD increases staffing, says violent crimes on the rise.
Austin police to help Cleveland with security at GOP convention. APD sergeant awarded Badge of Bravery for stopping downtown shooter. Austin police union members give Chief Acevedo bad reviews. APD fires officer who shot, killed David Joseph. Mass shootings may have prompted departures from Colorado Springs Police Department. Court rejects Brandon Daniel appeal in killing of police officer.
Celebrating 6 police heroes who saved lives. Sources tell KXAN News the settlement may not have happened had the mayor not cited the shooting as an example during his news conference on the creation of a task force to address institutional racism across the city video http: For instance, the state Legislature must give its OK. September 2, , 7: The officer has been with the department for 16 years.
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