APD officer fired after failing to report incident

APD officer fired after failing to report incident

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Another Austin police officer has been fired. That's two officers out in two weeks. Chief Art Acevedo announced that Blayne Williams is no longer on the force.

According to Austin Police, Blayne Williams was working as off-duty security for the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Barton Springs Road, when he was asked to check out an alarm that had been tripped above a shower in one of the rooms. Williams says he noticed a ceiling tile with a hole, out of place.

Police paperwork says after he moved the tile, he found a black cell phone and was able to power it up long enough to see "the face of a small Asian child."

Williams wrote a hotel internal report and left the phone with Hyatt's security director. APD policy requires officers to treat off duty situations as if they're on duty.

Chief Acevedo says Williams should have filed a police report and collected the cell phone as evidence.

He violated policy by not doing so, and is now suspended indefinitely.

In 2011, he pushed an elderly man over an ATM machine while he was off-duty.

By law, Williams has 10 days to appeal the termination.

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