Scott Hendler Calls for Police Accountability following the Indictment of 19 Officers
In the wake of the murders of Michael Ramos and George Floyd in the Spring of 2020, the streets of Downtown Austin flooded with tens of thousands of protesters demanding systemic change to policing and public safety. Almost two years later, a Travis County Grand Jury indicted 19 Austin Police Department officers for criminal violations for excessive use of force during these protests. These charges follow the hospitalization of dozens of protestors who sustained serious injuries including head wounds and broken bones from the excessive force exerted by APD with so called “less lethal” munitions such as foam-covered shotgun shells and lead-filled “bean bag” rounds.
Scott Hendler currently represents 4 protestors who were injured due to the excessive force of APD officers during these protests. “There were a number of officers who overreacted with excessive force against peaceful protestors and really should be held accountable,” Scott said. Scott is working with his clients to bring civil suits against these officers. These 19 officers have been placed on administrative duty during the pendency of the criminal case.
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