Austin City Council hears from community on police response to weekend protests

Demonstrators marched in the streets in front of the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Demonstrators marched in the streets in front of the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Demonstrators marched in the streets in front of the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

Beginning May 30, protestors marched the streets of Austin to voice their anger and frustration over the deaths of George Floyd and Michael Ramos.

Floyd was killed May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis. The four officers on the scene have been fired and charged with crimes, including a charge of second-degree murder for former officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

On April 24, Michael Ramos was killed in Southeast Austin by police.

At least three demonstrators in Austin were seriously injured over the weekend, including a 20-year-old who remains in critical condition.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said 15 officers suffered minor injuries over the weekend.


Community Impact Newspaper Reporter Christopher Neely is covering the virtual meeting. On June 4, City Council heard from hundreds of Austinites who signed up to speak publicly. On June 5 at 9 a.m., Manley will deliver a briefing to council.
























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