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(Mary Elizabeth Potts)

Update 3:09:

Despite the formal cancelation of today's protest at the Texas State Capitol, hundreds of people gathered along 11th Street and marched to Austin City Hall and back. Some shut down I-35 for the second day in a row, and Austin police used tear gas and beanbag rounds in an effort to move people off the roadway.



The police form a line on Cesar Chavez, stopping the demonstrators marching from City Hall. s3.amazonaws.com


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At least two protests are planned in Austin this weekend over the recent killings of black men by police: Mike Ramos, who was fatally shot by an Austin Police Department officer on April 24 in Southeast Austin, and George Floyd, who died in police custody on Monday after a Minneapolis Police Department officer knelt on his neck. Both events were filmed.

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Property crimes were up in April over last year, but violent crimes were down, as Austin residents settled deeper into quarantine mode during the first full month the city was shut down to avoid spread of the coronavirus, according to a new report from Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.

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At least 15 protesters organized by Rent Strike ATX were arrested today during a demonstration in honor of May Day.

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Tatum said the allegations could not be confirmed or denied because witnesses were unable to provide specific evidence and certain records could not be accessed. (Charlie L. Harper III)

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While San Antonio lawyer Lisa Tatum was largely unable to confirm specific allegations, she did uncover a "very high level of fear of retaliation" among APD staff and "doubt there would be a substantive report from which the truth could be learned," according to her 46-page write-up.

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