Did cops accused of excessive force break policy? APD delays decision

APD excessive force officers

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Disciplinary action for two Austin police officers accused of using excessive force but found not guilty has been pushed back to March, according to Austin Police Association President, Ken Casaday. 

Officers Robert Pfaff and Donald Petraitis were accused of using a stun gun on a man in February 2018 and a jury cleared them of all charges in December. 

VERDICT: APD officers found not guilty on charges in excessive force trial

After the not-guilty verdict, Pfaff and Petraitis were free to return to their jobs. The Austin Police Chief had 30 days after the December verdict to decide whether they broke policy by using a Taser on Quentin Perkins, a man who was a witness to a shooting they had responded to.

On Monday, the Austin Police Association says Chief Manley and the officers signed a 30-day extension on the decision, aiming to give the officers and the department more time to prepare for a disciplinary meeting. 

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