AUSTIN (KXAN) — The autopsy of a teen shot and killed by an Austin Police Officer was released Friday after his family had been given the results. According to a statement from the Joseph family, “Toxicology results only showed an antihistamine, marijuana, and Xanax” in David’s system.
“The autopsy also clearly shows there was some distance between Officer Freeman and David when the shots were fired, because there was no gunshot residue found on David’s body. The evidence from the medical examiner shows there was no up-close struggle where Officer Freeman had to pull his gun,” said Attorney Jeff Edwards.
APD Officer Geoffrey Freeman shot and killed 17-year-old Joseph on Feb. 8 in North Austin. Police were called out to a home on Yager Lane because of a reported disturbance. Witnesses told Freeman 911 was called after a man was seen chasing another man.
Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) responded to the autopsy Friday, saying Officer Freeman is waiving his right to a discipline meeting. Freeman “stands by his statements to the special investigations unit and internal affairs made during the exhaustive interview that spanned over multiple hours,” CLEAT’s statement said.
In a letter addressed to Austin police Chief Art Acevedo, Freeman’s attorney said, “Your statements and conduct prior to the completion of the investigation, including statements made to the media, activists, APD cadets and officers indicate that you are passing judgment on this case without regard to APD training, policy or the integrity of the investigation.
The attorney, Grant Goodwin, also said that those involved in the investigation “continue to disregard the law by leaking confidential information to the media and to activists…”
Complete Coverage: The death of David Joseph
Seventeen-year-old David Joseph died after Officer Geoffrey Freeman shot him in the street.
“He didn’t do nothing,” said David’s mother. “He didn’t deserve to die. He deserves for someone to come over and help him.”
The detective also criticized Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo on Facebook.
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A document provided by the family’s attorney suggested settlements and verdicts paying out $3 million to $11.3 million in wrongful death cas…
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The Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with the family of David Joseph during her visit in Austin Friday.
Since 2005, the city of Austin has paid out $4.6 million in legal settlements following deadly police shootings.
The rally is meant to fuel the movement for police accountability.
David Joseph, 17, died after Officer Geoffrey Freeman shot him in the 12000 block of Natures Bend in North Austin.
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Jury will look into criminal charges in the case of a former Austin police officer, Geoffery Freeman, who shot and killed 17-year-old David …
Geoffrey Freeman was fired by the Austin Police Department after he shot the naked 17-year-old, David Joseph, Feb. 8 in North Austin.
Since Joseph was naked, unarmed, and had not committed a crime, the panel said, Freeman’s decision to use deadly force was not reasonable.
The panel stated this testimony implies that de-escalation is discouraged at Austin Police Department rather than encouraged.
On Thursday, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) will formally appeal the indefinite suspension of Austin Police Offi…
In a disciplinary memo, APD Chief Art Acevedo says Freeman “chose to immediately respond to this situation with deadly force rather than usi…
30 day investigation deadline comes to a close as a panel of citizens analyzes why an APD officer shot and killed an unarmed naked teen.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is currently being briefed on the internal investigation into the shooting death of David Joseph.
The Austin Police Association says the major problem the day of David Joseph’s shooting was a lack of staffing within the Austin Police Depa…