A new Austin-based group focused on racial injustice and policing announced on Tuesday its support for the resignation of Austin Police Chief Brian Manley—just days after standing with him to publicly support changes at the police department in the wake of the recent protests.


Standing in front of the downtown police headquarters, organizers at JUST America said they have faced "backlash from the community" after a news conference with Manley last week, and that the "entire situation has been a tough journey for us."

But the reason for the reversal, said organizer Eric Lee Brown, was that Manley had not continued the dialogue with them in the days since last Thursday's press conference at the Boys and Girls Club during an Austin City Council meeting focused on police reforms.

"I do want to thank Chief Brian Manley for meeting with us that one time in such a short amount of time," Brown said. "However, after the events unfolded and the lack of terms met between JUST America and the community with APD, we would like to announce to the public that we formally and publicly support the resignation and/or firing of Chief Brian Manley."

JUST America

Some of the first public signs of JUST America appeared on social media some 48 hours before the council approved a series of overhauls that included slashing the police budget and staff, as well as a no-confidence vote on the chief.

The resolutions were born out of violent clashes between police and demonstrators protesting the police shooting death of Austin resident Michael Ramos and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

JUST America's press conference with Manley raised eyebrows on social media and among more established social justice groups like Austin Justice Coalition—which has a long history of meeting with the chief but has publicly called for his resignation or removal—because they were brand new and appeared to be supporting Manley.

Brown said at the press conference that their organization knew at some point the relationship forged between JUST America and the police, stemming from their connection with a police officer in the rank and file, would eventually deteriorate.

"Knowing that he was not going to meet our demands, our end goal has always been to stand with the community," Brown said, "but we wanted to make as many changes as possible before we did so."

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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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