Travis County District Legal professional José Garza launched info Thursday associated to each case towards native law enforcement officials pending within the workplace’s Civil Rights Unit. The knowledge includes instances such because the deaths of Javier Ambler in March 2019 and Michael Ramos in April 2020 which have acquired appreciable publicity in addition to investigations associated to use-of-force allegations arising from protests following the police killing of George Floyd final Could.
Total, the instances contain the alleged police shootings of 9 males – Aquantis Griffin, Isaiah Hutchinson, Giorgio Taylor, Carlos Dodero, Mauris DeSilva, Tyler Grist, Fred Babcock, Enrique Quiroz, and Alexander Gonzalez – between 2019 and the primary week of 2021. Different instances contain complaints regarding accidents allegedly suffered by the hands of law enforcement officials, together with 11 complainants who say they had been injured throughout protests following the deaths of Floyd and Ramos. Lastly, one complainant alleges that an officer sexually assaulted her after responding to a service name at her tackle.
“Already this yr, there have been two officer-involved shootings,” Garza mentioned in a press assertion. “Our neighborhood has been clear that when legislation enforcement officers use lethal pressure, prosecutors should examine the case shortly and with transparency, to make sure that nobody is above the legislation.” A significant plank in Garza’s platform was holding police accountable for any crimes they’ve dedicated.
Former District Legal professional Margaret Moore determined final fall that she would go away officer-involved taking pictures instances to Garza. Due to that and because of Covid-19 restrictions, Travis County isn’t at present conducting any felony jury trials. So instances towards two former law enforcement officials and one former investigator with the Austin Hearth Division are awaiting trial.
Garza mentioned he intends to current proof associated to the deaths of Ambler and Ramos to the Travis County Grand Jury earlier than its time period expires on March 30. He additionally intends to current proof associated to the alleged sexual assault earlier than the tip of March.
Moreover, Garza plans to current proof associated to officer-involved taking pictures instances that date again to March 2018. After the expiration of the present grand jury, the workplace shall be impaneling extra grand juries, with the expectation that the DA’s Workplace will start to current different instances by June.
One officer, Lando Corridor, is charged with the felony offense of misuse of official info. Corridor was indicted on Jan. 4 and the case is pending within the 403rd judicial District Courtroom. He’s accused of utilizing his place as a police officer to collect and disclose personal info concerning the driving force’s licenses, automobile registration and felony historical past of three ladies concerned in divorce and/or youngster custody instances.
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