Austin police chief issues apology

Chief Art Acevedo

AUSTIN (KXAN)- Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has issued a formal apology for remarks he made Friday.

At a press conference about the arrest of a jogger accused of jaywalking, Acevedo attempted to suggest that law enforcement officers deal with many types of crime.

What he said, however, may not have been understood by some.

“You know, it’s kind of interesting what passes for controversy in Austin, Texas,” said Acevedo. “Thank you, Lord, that it’s a controversy in Austin, Texas, that we actually had the audacity to touch somebody on the arm and tell them, ‘Oh my goodness, Austin Police, we’re trying to get your attention.’  In other cities, cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty.”

Acevedo admitted that his remark was off-the-cuff and heated because of an emotional week.

He was referring to the week-long trial of Brandon Daniel, who was found guilty Friday in the 2012 capital murder of Austin Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron.

The entire text from the apology can be read below:

Yesterday’s press conference related to the arrest of a jogger by members of the Austin Police Department 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.

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