Austin Police Chief Brian Manley held a press conference with members of JUST America. (KVUE)

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley went on the offensive in a press conference today as City Council members discussed a slate of sweeping changes to the Austin Police Department's budget and policy, and hundreds waited to speak to the council on those items.


Manley announced that his department will be adopting new policies in response to widespread protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd and Mike Ramos.

The press conference was held at the Boys and Girls Club of Austin in collaboration with JUST America, a new organization that says it is "[c]hanging the narrative of minorities in America."

According to a statement, JUST America presented Manley with four policy changes that could help make Austin a leader in police reform.

The policies Manley pledged to adopt are as follows:

  • Restraints or holds of the neck by a person, object or device are banned. Violators will be referred to the department's discipline process.
  • Officers are forbidden from intentionally deactivating their body cameras during a critical incident. Violators will be subjected to indefinite suspension.
    • Any investigation that reveals an officer intentionally tampered with body cameras will be referred to the appropriate district attorney for review.
  • APD must inform Austin City Council and the public via APD's website within 24 hours of policing policy changes or amendments to APD's General Orders.

The leaders of the organization—Eric Brown, Michael Burnet, Ahmed Toure and Nichelle Payne—spoke alongside Manley at the press conference.

(Clint Broden)

Daniel Perry, who says he shot and killed Austin protester Garrett Foster in self-defense, released photos of his car through his attorney on Monday.

Daniel Perry, the active-duty Army sergeant who says he shot Black Lives Matter protester Garrett Foster in self-defense, was driving for Uber when he accidentally encountered the demonstration on the night Foster was killed, his attorney said Monday.

Perry, who is stationed in Killeen and only allowed to travel 100 miles from base, was not in Austin that night to attend the demonstration, attorney Clint Broden said, but because it "was the closest location that had significant ridesharing customers."

Broden also shared a redacted version of Perry's bank statement that shows two deposits from Uber that he said correlated to runs in Austin that night. Perry has been ordered to remain on base since the shooting, Broden said.

"We hope this puts to rest the allegations that Sgt. Perry traveled to Austin for any nefarious purpose," he said.

Some, including Foster's mother, have pointed to Perry's since-deleted Twitter account as evidence that he disagreed with BLM protesters and showed up at the rally to cause trouble.

The release was accompanied by six photos showing what the attorney described as the damage inflicted on Perry's car by protesters, including a bullet hole.

After Perry shot Foster, who was carrying an AK-47 and whom Perry claims was raising his rifle "in a direct threat to [his] life," another person in the crowd shot at Perry's vehicle, according to police. That person has not been publicly identified. Like Perry, he or she had a concealed carry license and was questioned and then released by the Austin Police Department.

Protesters arrested

On Saturday, in the wake of Foster's death and the release of Perry's name the day before, protesters and law enforcement clashed in demonstrations near downtown. Austin police on Monday released the names of 40 people arrested at the protests. The most common charge was obstruction of a highway.

Perry's attorney shared photos that he says show damage inflicted by protesters 

Perry's lawyer claims this photo shows where the vehicle was scraped with a brick.

(Clint Broden)

This photo, the lawyer says, depicts bullet holes.

(Clint Broden)

Perry's lawyer claims this photo shows hood damage "identified by auto body shop as a result of banging."

(Clint Broden)

This photo, the attorney claims, shows a misaligned door where people hit the vehicle.

(Clint Broden)

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