Manley: Two protesters shot by APD with 'less lethal' rounds remain hospitalized, one in critical condition
Two protestors—both young men believed to be from Austin—are in the hospital after sustaining injuries at the hands of APD officers during demonstrations this weekend, Chief Brian Manley said during a media call Monday evening. Neither of the men have been identified, nor have the officers involved.
Last night, an APD officer shot a 20-year-old black man in the head with a bean bag round, also called less-lethal ammunition. The victim was part of a crowd outside of APD headquarters. When another protestor threw a backpack at officers barricading the building, an officer shot the bean bag round and hit the victim, who fell to the ground.
Protestors, trying to alert officers of the severity of the man's injury, were then shot by officers with the same less-lethal ammunition, Manley said, referring to video footage taken by bystanders and posted to social media.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, and the department has initiated an investigation into the officers' use of force.
"I'm crushed," Manley said in tears. "That is not what we set out to do this weekend."
On Saturday afternoon, a 15- or 16-year-old Hispanic teenager was also shot in the head with a bean bag round while standing on the I-35 frontage road. He is currently being treated in the hospital. Manley asked protestors with video footage of the incident to share it with the department for use in their investigation.
A pregnant black woman was also shot in the stomach with a bean bag round. Manley said she received first aid from APD personnel and medics at headquarters and a separate investigation into her case has been initiated.
Manley will brief Austin City Council about the weekend's events and answer questions on Thursday.
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