Austin police chief Brian Manley must be removed for instigating violence at protests

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We demand that Austin Mayor Steve Adler, City Manager Spencer Cronk, and Austin City Council Members fire Austin Police Chief Brian Manley after a brutal weekend of police violence. We also demand immediate implementation of training reforms about de-escalation.

This is mandatory for our city to begin healing so that we can slowly rebuild the trust that was destroyed between community members and APD this weekend. 

Peaceful protesters were fired upon at random by APD throughout the weekend's protests. One 20 year old man was shot in the head by an officer after a nearby man threw something at APD. Civilian medics were told by APD to carry the unresponsive man over to APD for assistance. As the medics did what they were told, APD fired upon them. The head medic was shot in the hand from 3' away and was hospitalized. The 20 year old man is currently in critical condition. 

Brad Levi Ayala, 15, was also shot in the head by APD while peacefully protesting and suffered a traumatic brain injury requiring emergency brain surgery.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters holding signs were tear gassed and shot by APD including a pregnant woman. 

Brian Manley said tonight that "This is not what we set out to do" after equipping his officers with tear gas, mace, riot gear, bean bag projectiles, and rubber bullets during the weekend's protests. 

Mike Ramos was murdered by APD on April 24, 2020. The officer who shot Mike has not been arrested, fired, or suspended. 

We require justice and action from Austin city officials in order to begin healing the wounds (physical and emotional) that these events have caused on Austin citizens.