Skip to comments.Police chief forced to apologize over comments (Austin jogger)
Posted on 02/23/2014 5:19:29 AM PST by logi_cal869
Austin police chief Art Acevedo has issued an apology for comments he made during a press conference yesterday concerning the arrest of a female jogger near the University of Texas campus on Thursday.
Acevedo dismissed the controversy over police handling of a jaywalking jogger, saying 'Cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas.'
Today, he released a statement saying that he was trying to put the arrest of jogger Amanda Jo Stephen 'into context by bringing attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with many acts of serious misconduct' including recent cases of police officers sexually assaulting civilians.
'In hindsight I believe the comparison was a poor analogy, and for this I apologize,' reads his statement.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Isn't this getting interesting...
Mod: Sorry ‘bout the author’s name paste error (bleary-eyed and didn’t catch my copy didn’t take).
Author’s name: Alex Greig
Why is he apologizing? Given what we’ve seen other cops do in arrests, he’s right.
A little truth slips out from the chief of police. oops
A little truth slips out from the chief of police. oops
Hey you jaywalk in NYC, you might just be its mayor.
She has cry baby written all over her.
Tip of the iceberg.
She can count her lucky stars that she did not have anything resembling a weapon or dog. The donut disposal machines may have shot her or the dog.
So it’s OK for the police to arrest people randomly and nonsensicaly ?
I am somewhat familiar with Austin. After watching the Y-tube version of the episode it appears that this 24-year old brat was deprived of never having her butt spanked when skrieking in public as a two-year old. In some areas of the City where retarded “university” students congregate, jay walking can create a real traffic problem.
A suggestion — Engage brain before spontaneously ranting about peace officers! Just a thought from Texas.
He said the police are sexually assaulting people in other cities ‘so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin’
In some areas of the City where retarded university students congregate, jay walking can create a real traffic problem.
The jay walking, bicycles and drivers have been targeted in this area. Most likely
this jay walker would have only gotten a warning had she stopped. But becoming
confrontational got her a ticket. Twenty four years old, sits down and begins
to bawl, what an adult.
Here’s Acevedo’s apology in full:
“Yesterday’s press conference related to the arrest of a jogger by members of the
Austin Police Department (APD) was the culmination of an emotional week for the APD,
our extended APD family and me personally.
During the press conference I attempted to place the arrest into context by bringing
attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with many acts of serious misconduct.
This includes recent instances in the news of sexual assault by police officers
in other cities.
In hindsight I believe the comparison was a poor analogy, and for this I apologize.
I stand committed to transparent leadership and will continue to engage the
community we serve in an open, honest, and timely manner.
Chief Art Acevedo”
From the article: “Lawbreaker: Austin PD said the woman has been charged with failure to identify herself to police and a class B traffic signal violation”.
Jay walking justifies four armed “Donut Disposal Persons”?
As for the whine that jay walkers pose a significant traffic obstruction, the rest of America deals with student groups, especially as they bring huge amounts of money to a community in return for little of value. Should any doubt the accuracy of my statement on cash flow and value received, check Starbucks.
They hire ‘Liberal Arts majors’. Trust me, Austin gets huge amounts of cash and the students get a diploma and then fight other recent grads for a Starbucks job.
Losers in that fight work in the ‘Fast Food Industry’.
What ever happened to “To Protect and To Serve”? Beefing up police patrols to crack down on jaywalkers? Seriously? Insanity.
Your suggestion is well-received, but misplaced: I never ranted about the officers in this case.
And by the way, the young female jogger should send a note of thanks to the police chief thanking him for his cops not sexually assaulting her. Citizens of Austin should thank the chief for catching another evil jaywalker. Insanity.
I feel safer now that J-walking is prohibited in Austin.
There is jaywalking and then safe jaywalking (like looking both ways before crossing a one-way street in case a cop car is going the wrong way or blowing a stop sign or light).
This police chief should have kept his mouth shut because he is obviously an idiot. A spokesgal should have done the PR instead
She did the limp routine, and in 28 years of law enforcement, I can tell you it happens all the time, Acevedo said.
They teach the limp routine for hindering kidnappers as well as screaming and wailing at the top of your lungs.
She apparently was following her ‘training’. And it worked partially... She got a lot of attention and was on Youtube.
I’m always impressed when people manage to say something that insults and offends all sides in a controversy.
I mean that takes talent.
since she was jaywalking she has a valid arrest. same EXACT THING happened to me but in my case cop did not witness and it was an “intersection” giving me a loophole in jaywalk charge. I was on foot with my ID locked in trunk of my car. Told cop that but argued with him about my detainment...started filming...refused to sit on curb...got arrested.Had to get an ACLU-type lawyer to pursue a 1983 case.We shall see. BTW...conservative ruling set us up for just this kind of thing....Its all because of that ruling above.
Wasn’t it Austin abuut two weeks ago where a gang of black guys attacked three hippie dudes in front of a police station for about twenty minutes? I’m pretty sure that one went national.
I bet some of those guys illegally ran across the street to kick in their unconcious victims heads. Where were the four cops then?
Hope she gets some money out of it. An apology ain’t enough.
Maybe Arturo’s statement was actually just a muddled translation from Espanol........ Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Protecting IA’s every step of the way and never missing the opportunity to testify against sanctuary city legislation in Austin.
And you’d be fine getting harassed by cops, if you were in her shoes?
Cuz you never jay walk.
These cops were being @$$es!
You want to defend this foul mouthed clueless privileged little princess bimbette — have at it:
She crossed the street without waiting to the light to switch which can get you a ticket in any big city — except in the minds of jogging bimbettes I guess.
She was ordered by the police to stop but she refused blaming it later on her prisssy earbuds. Try that next time you are ticketed for failing to pull over for a siren ans see how far it gets you.
When the officer caught up with her and grabbed her arm she pushed his arm away which is called resisting arrest.
She then does the limp routine, falls to the ground sobbing and weeping and when asked for her name she refuses to give it which will get anyone arrested on the spot.
Then she curses at the top of her lungs at the police: I didnt f***ing do anything wrong!’
And you think like this little brat that she did nothing wrong???
Hey boot licker, have you even seen the video? Donut man ran up behind her and grabbed her arm from behind. Grab my arm from behind, surprise me, and I’d pull away too!
“To Protect and Serve” is just a motto. Has the same legal and obligation weight as the Oakland Raider’s motto “Just Win Baby”...come to think of it both promise positive results but often ‘the fan’ comes out bruised, battered and a loser.
Try reading the article for an explanation of what you think you are seeing in the video —
Since when did FR become infested with boot lickers?
Protect and serve in college towns is all about staking out underage drinking and raiding greek parties to up the revenue for the lawyers and city by issuing tickets. These kids have almost completely stopped driving after drinking so the cops ticket them when they are walking home after a night out for public drinking. It’s insane and out of control in college towns. I think drug use is way up among college students because of the ridiculous drinking age of 21.
A suggestion---direct some of your indignation, not to mention your overfed police resources, to kicking the ass of a few of the thousands of Mexicans crossing your southern border, rather than some blonde nitwit in a track suit.
Just a thought from the northern border.
Here’s the you tube of the screaming bimbette’s arrest:
Was there some reason that you were afraid to post it and chose recriminations instead???
He and his force should all resign. Forget the walk backs. This is getting ridiculous
So then the problem in college towns like Austin is that the kids just aren’t getting enough alcohol.
Now isn’t that a surprise —
She’s OK in my book!! I see a numbskull chief named Arturo and two of his donuts chomping troglodytes not knowing how to handle a simple situation. If you are going to send your anti-jaywalk crews to a very public intersection then they should behave themselves.... because they just might end up on video
Them versus a girl out for a run who likes to stay in shape
Ironic - a true statement which is heartening except for the fact that he was trying to use it to say that it’s OK for his cops to be lawbreaking yo-yos because some cops are doing much worse. Kind of like me saying it’s OK for me to rob and beat my neighbor because the next town over has someone who is also killing his victims and burning the house down with their kids inside.
The problem with Austin is that it’s infested with liberals
“Heres the you tube of the screaming bimbettes arrest:”
Yeah, that bimbette! Should have beaten her with a billy club! We have to teach people like this a lesson!
Seriously though, boot lickers like you make me sick.
“I think drug use is way up among college students because of the ridiculous drinking age of 21.”
Are you serious?
Lucky it wasn’t some old guy in NYC that got the crap beat out of him by cops for jaywalking.
So here's the bottom line. This is a case of a powerful armed official of the state vs. a citizen who is just going about her day, thinking that she is doing nothing wrong.
This is not a cop vs a burglar, or a cop vs a drunk driver.
So in our so-called free society, what should we have expected here? That a citizen going about her day immediately comply to authority, like a robot?
Or should we have expected the cop to show some restraint, even if the girl is a “cry-baby”?
The video first started out by claiming that the police threw her to the ground but that was a bold faced lie that was later admitted to. She played the limp damsel in distress act dropping to the ground herself.
28 people were stopped — of those only 7 were cited — and
only 1 arrested and that because she refused to cooperate with the police and give her name.
Had she stopped and cooperated she might have very well been one of those who were stopped and not cited.
It’s a college town — hopefully she learned a valuable