Austin’s Police Chief Apologizes for Bizarre Defense of Officers Who Arrested
The Austin, Texas, police chief said he was trying to put a jaywalking arrest “in context” when he said police in other towns “are actually committing sexual assaults on duty.”
Now he’s apologized for his choice of words.
The controversy started Thursday when someone posted a video that showed jogger Amanda Jo Stephen, 24, in handcuffs and sitting on the sidewalk near the University of Texas campus. Moments later she’s shown yelling and cursing at Austin police officers as they load her into a police car.
When asked about the video Friday, Police Chief Art Acevedo said, “Cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas. … And I’m glad that I’m here having to address mediocrity.”
A day later, he was forced to backtrack.