Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the intensity of the demonstrations were unprecedented for the city and that his department's response will require a deep review.
"This is protesting that we have not seen here before in Austin," Manley told reporters on June 1.
Austin City Council members also feel the police response, which drew heavy scrutiny from many in the community, deserves an analysis. On June 4, the mayor and City Council will bring in Manley to answer questions and explain his department's tactics and strategy. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., separate from the City Council's regularly scheduled meeting, set for 10 a.m. the same day.
District 1 City Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, the lone African-American council representative, said June 2 the weekend's protests were not a riot, but a demand to be heard.
"Our residents, they want us to hear their pain," Harper-Madison said in an emotional statement. "They want us to hear their outrage. They want this long overdue change to systems that protect the privileged while traumatizing the black, brown and marginalized people. We cannot continue to stick our fingers in our ears and just wait for the next eruption of anger."