Austin official seeks review of police procedures

By: From Wire Reports, Austin American-Statesman
By: From Wire Reports, Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin's city manager is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to review police tactics and the force's relationship with the community amid six officer-involved shootings this year.

City Manager Marc Ott told the Austin American-Statesman in Tuesday's editions that his request is a follow-up to a previous policy review by the DOJ. That oversight brought about 165 recommendations and many changes at the Austin Police Department in 2009.

Three of the 2013 shootings were fatal - most recently the death last month of Larry Jackson Jr.

Ott's letter to the Justice Department asks it to interview community leaders and neighborhood forums on ways to improve trust and confidence in police.

The Justice Department didn't immediately respond. Austin police officials say they would welcome a review and cooperate.

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