City council decides on third review of APD’s sex assault cases


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin City Council will decide Thursday whether or not to move forward with a proposed evaluation of the Austin Police Department’s handling of sexual assault cases.

Last week, Councilmember Alison Alter introduced a resolution that would direct City Manager Spencer Cronk to hire a third-party to evaluate the Austin Police Department’s handling of sexual assault cases from start to finish.

The evaluation would dive into hundreds of sexual assault cases from the past seven years. Alter estimated it could cost the city anywhere from $200,000 to $1,000,000.

The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza and Council members Greg Casar and Ann Kitchen.

When KXAN checked in with other council members Wednesday, Sabino “Pio” Renteria’s office said he’d be voting in support of the resolution, as well.

KXAN will air updates once council takes a vote on the resolution.

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