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New Travis County District Attorney to take Javier Ambler and Mike Ramos cases to grand jury
(Travis County)

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza announced he plans to take the cases of Javier Ambler and Mike Ramos to a grand jury by March 30.


The announcement comes just two weeks after Ramos' mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against APD Officer Christopher Taylor and the City of Austin.

On Thursday morning, Garza released details on all the pending cases involving officer misconduct. The new DA has previously stated that Mike Ramos' case would be the first on his desk once he took office after Margaret Moore left the cases to him back in September.

The two cases played part in the Black Lives Matter movement locally, catalyzed by George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis police and the subsequent police defunding movement that has shaken city politics. The calls for police reform quickly became a cornerstone of Garza's election platform.

Of the almost two dozen police use-of-force cases Garza released details on, there are six other cases involving police shootings which are scheduled to be presented to a grand jury in chronological order, the oldest dating back to 2018.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.