AUSTIN (KXAN) - Concerned citizens gathered in the lobby of Austin City HallMonday to discuss allegations of a cover-up by the Austin PoliceDepartment and the city in response to an independent review of theNathaniel Sanders II shooting.
The conversation revolved around the recent KeyPoint report andallegations of a police department attempt to cover-up thefindings.
"The purpose of the report was to inform the public of whathappened on that night," said Debbie Russell with the AmericanCivil Liberties Union. "The public needed to know whathappened."
The report said APD officer Leo Quintana acted“recklessly” when fatally shooting 18-year-oldNathaniel Sanders a year ago.
APD Chief Art Acevedo has said releasing the unredacted versionof the independent review is not possible since a federal judgerestricted the department from doing so.
"There are revelations in that report that many, many peoplefeel should have been out there- and at the very least, CityCouncil, as the elected representatives of the people, should havehad much more ability to have access to some of these keyconclusions," said Public Safety Commission member Ramey Ko.
Acevedo and internal affairs investigators, the City attorney'soffice, City Manager Marc Ott and the police monitor and thecitizens review panel had access to the full report. Ott declinedto read the full, unredacted report and instead chose to be briefedby Acevedo.
Quintana was recently fired after a DWI offense. However, thereview's findings have brought criticism of the department.
Texas Civil Rights Project Director Jim Harrinton has saidAcevedo is misleading the public and that the department asked forthe protective order to keep the report from being released.
"We need to understand who made what mistake where," saidRussell. "I've been begging them for weeks to come clean."
Austin Police Association President Wayne Vincent said theunredacted version does not contain evidence not presented to thegrand jury.
"There could not be any new evidence," Vincent said. "This wasnot an investigation. It was review of evidence and facts that thegrand jury saw."
Vincent went on to say the association still supports Acevedo'sdecisions.
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