Scott Hendler Hopeful Manley’s Departure Will Mean Progressive New Leadership For APD

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley

Hendler Flores Law represents several families who have tragically lost loved ones to police violence in Austin, including the family of Mike Ramos. In April 2020 Mike Ramos was fatally shot by police officer Christopher Taylor while in his vehicle and unarmed. The footage of Ramos’ death has sparked national outrage and his mother, Brenda, is heartbroken over the loss of her only child.

Amid mounting criticism from community activists, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley announced his intention to retire from the Austin Police Department effective March 28.

As quoted in the Austin American-Statesman, Scott Hendler says Manley’s departure is long overdue and, “The city deserves a more competent and progressive police chief. He is now leaving without taking any action against officer Christopher Taylor, leaving the Ramos family without any decision for over a year. It is a disgrace and an abdication of his responsibility.”

While we are hopeful a new police chief will bring much-needed changes to the Austin police force, nothing will make up for the loss of Mike Ramos or the countless others who have fallen victim to this senseless violence.

At Hendler Flores, we are committed to fighting for justice for any families who have had a loved one seriously injured or killed due to police brutality or misconduct.

To read more about Manley’s departure, click here.

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