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Austin indicts at least 19 APD officers on excessive force cases after 2020 protests

At least 19 Austin police officers have been indicted on excessive force cases after dozens of protestors were injured in the 2020 protests. (Mark Dewey/Austonia)

On the same day the city settled the largest excessive force lawsuit in city history, an Austin grand jury announced at least 19 indictments for Austin police officers who injured protestors with "less-lethal" bean bag rounds in 2020's George Floyd protests.


Grand jurors considered charges against a growing number of up to 21 APD officers who were involved in a dozen excessive force cases that resulted in 30 injured protestors at the 2020 protests. Six of the twelve who were injured suffered head injuries due to bean bag munitions, and many claimed to be innocent bystanders when they were shot by officers.

With 19 indictments, Austin is likely to have the most excessive force charges of any U.S. city in the wake of the protests.

"There cannot be trust if there is no accountability when someone breaks the law," District Attorney Jose Garza said in a Friday morning press conference.

Investigations will continue for the 19 officers who were indicted.

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