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Department of Justice won't review APD

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On Friday the Department of Justice declined the city's request to review the Austin Police Department following a recent police shooting.

In August, Austin City Manager Marc Ott announced that he had sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for the review following July 26th shooting of Larry Jackson Jr. by robbery Detective Charles Kleinert.

In its response, the DOJ cited a four-year review of the Austin Police Department that ran from 2007 until 2011. After that review was closed, the DOJ made over 160 recommendations to APD. It said that the vast majority of those recommendations had been implemented. As a result, the DOJ felt the city of Austin has the tools necessary to respond incidents like the recent police shootings.

"Public Safety and community trust are fundamentally interwoven, which is why in I requested that the Department of Justice review the practices and policies of APD," Ott said Friday. "Furthermore, because the DOJ made the recommendations to APD, I felt they could be helpful in reviewing tactics as they relate to policies.

"I am grateful to the Justice Department for their consideration and thankful for the confidence they have in our present, City processes. I have directed Chief Acevedo to conduct an internal review to determine if our tactics are consistent with our policies. The Chief has committed to providing a report to me within 90 days."

LINK: DOJ Letter to Marc Ott

LINK: Marc Ott Letter to City Council


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