APD says no more bean bag rounds for crowd control

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June 04, 2020 - 9:36 pm
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- While Austin Police and Chief Brian Manley are continuing to face questions over the response to sometimes violent protests over the weekend, one concern won't be an issue moving forward.

During a special-called virtual City Council meeting Thursday, Manley said the department will no longer use the "less lethal" bean bag rounds as a crowd control measure.

"I will speak to some immediate changes to our deployment to protests this week: and that that the deployment of bean bag ammunition will not be used in a crowd situation," Manley said. "It is still an appropriate tool in other circumstances so it is still approved for use however not in crowd situations."

The department is investigating at least three cases of serious injuries caused by the use of the rounds. In video widely shared on social media, 16-year-old Brad Levi Ayala was shot in the head with a bean bag round while standing on the median of Interstate 35 Saturday. Manley, in a briefing on Monday, also said a 20-year old was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head - in an incident caught on the department's HALO cameras. A pregnant woman also appeared to have been shot in the stomach, Manley said.

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