APD officer in ‘unrape’ video suspended in second incident

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer suspended last year after being caught joking about rape on his dashboard camera has been punished again, this time for belittling a homeless woman, according to a June 15 memo from Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Senior Officer Mark Lytle, an 11-year-veteran of the department, received a 10-day suspension and must also spend 20 additional days working with officers who are regularly assigned to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, the document said.

The memo said Lytle detained a woman Dec. 18, 2014 for a violation of the city’s camping ordinance. He then “made several rude and belittling comments” to the woman, which were recorded on the officer’s dash camera.

Lytle: “I don’t give a s***…I want you to get this stuff out of here.”

Woman: “Please sir.”

Lytle: “I do not want to see you over here.”

Woman: “I’m sorry.”

Lytle: “If I see you over here, I will take you to jail for the warrant.”

Woman: “Please sir, I am trying to be honest with you.”

Man: “And I am being honest with you. I’m being brutally honest with you. I do not like what I’m seeing underneath these overpasses.”

The memo stated “Officer Lytle’s demeanor and language was rude and unprofessional.”

In May 2014, Lytle and Officer Michael Castillo were caught on their dashboard camera telling a woman to “Go ahead and call the cops. They can’t unrape you.” An attorney obtained the video through an open records request, and it was posted to YouTube in October. Lytle was suspended for five days without pay in November, and Castillo received a three-day suspension. Each were also ordered to undergo sensitivity training.

Lytle has 10 days from the time the memo was issued to file an appeal in the latest case.

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