[Last update: 3 March 2001]
Questions about the Austin Police Department's Crowd Management Team
Who controls the Austin Police Department's Crowd Management Team?
Who decides when they should be deployed?
Does the Chief of Police have the last word?
Must he consult with the Mayor?
Do City Council members have any say in the matter?
When was the current Crowd Management Team formed?
What is its stated mission?
Who authorized the purchase of non-lethal weapons?
Did the police department make this decision on its own?
Did the police consult the City Manageršs office?
Did they consult the Mayor?
Who suggested that non-lethal weapons be purchased?
What is the genesis of this idea?
Did the Austin Police Department think of this on their own?
Did some other body make this suggestion to them?
Under what budget provision was the Crowd Management Team funded?
Did City Council approve this aspect of the budget?
Did City Council even know non-lethal weapons would be purchased?
Were special federal or state funds used to purchase Crowd Control equipment?
Does the Crowd Management Team have written procedures and policies?
Has anyone in City government outside the police department seen these?
Are there specific procedures for the use of foam batons, rubber bullets, and pepper spray?
Who evaluates whether police procedures are followed?
Why was the Crowd Management Team deployed on Oct. 13, 2001, during a peaceful march?
What informed APD's decision to bring out force on that day?
Did the police have "intelligence" that Oct. 13 would be violent?
How are the police gathering intelligence on political activity in Austin?
Do they get assistance from federal and state agencies?
What other collaboration and cooperation concerning political protest exists?
What does the police department do with video and photographs they take of protests?
Does the police department keep these photographs on file?
How do they use these photographs?
If these photographs are not part of ongoing criminal investigations, are they public record?
What can we do with photographs of plainclothes police who have monitored protests and meetings?
Can we take them to APD to identify them and find out under which division they work?
Does the Austin police department engage in tapping telephones?
Does the Austin police department engage in monitoring email communication?
Which division of the police department is responsible for monitoring political activity?
What authority does the police department have to monitor peaceful political activity?
Does the Mayors Office or City Manager know anything about this?
Do federal or state agencies supply information about political activity to the local police?
Does the Austin police department supply information about legal, peaceful, political activity of Austin citizens to federal or state agencies?
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