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The Austin Police Association is about to launch a new website that's aimed at giving the public more information after critical incidents, like a police shooting.

The APA says the purpose of is to give another perspective besides the police departments.

APA President, Sgt. Wayne Vincent says, "We’ve had all sorts of issues come up, controversial issues, police shootings, use of force issues and we've always been limited to what we can educate the public about or give our perception."

Vincent says the public will get the chance to read, in detail, APA's perspective, on controversial issues, like the Nathaniel Sanders shooting.

APD officer, Lenny Quintana, shot and killed Sanders May 2009 outside an East Austin apartment complex.

Police have said Quintana fired at Sanders, who had been asleep in the car, after the two struggled for a gun in Sanders' waistband.

Vincent says, "officers are routinely criticized about their tactics in a controversial case. We don't get to address why officers do what they do."

"Most people are under the impression that a police officer has to be shot at or has to be stabbed before they can respond and you can't explain these things in a 20 second sound bites or two sentences in the print media."

Vincent says the website won't release confidential information or details about an on going investigation.

But that's about it as far as restrictions are concerned.

"We're not going to be shy about what we think about what a police officer has done or our views about a particular incident. We're not going to be bound by certain amount of political correctness although we do understand the concerns and the sensitivity within the community but the website is going to be what it implies, it's going to be straight cop talk."

Vincent expects to launch in the next couple of months, hoping to engage the public in a different avenue with a detailed look at why Austin Police officers do what they do.

Austin Police declined to comment for this story.

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