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Two APD officers indicted on felony assault two years after the case closed
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Two Austin police officers have been indicted by a Travis County grand jury in connection with a violent arrest case that had been closed with no findings of wrongdoing two years ago.

The officers, Chance Bretches and Gregory Gentry, are indicted on charges of felony assault after the case was reopened by new District Attorney Jose Garza.

In a statement on Friday, Police Chief Brian Manley said the officers had been investigating a drug deal when the suspect resisted arrest and caused injury to the officers and himself. Manley has, however, placed officers Bretches and Gentry on leave as a result of the indictments.

In response to the charges, attorneys for the officers said in a statement that they are "gravely concerned that the judgment of the newly elected DA, whose experience consists of seven weeks, is that both officers committed first-degree felonies punishable by life in prison."

The last time an APD officer was indicted in an excessive use-of-force case was in 2018.

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