Use of Force/Complaints Data

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Austin Police Department of Austin, TX.


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Every use of force report made by Austin police officers since 2000.
2. Every civilian complaint filed against Austin police officers since 2000.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Austin Police Department

Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
Thank you for your e-mail to the City of Austin. Your request is being processed.
Consistent with the Texas Public Information Act, you can expect communication from the City of Austin within 10 business days after the date the information was requested.
The City of Austin will make the effort to ensure that the information you have requested is made available to you in a timely manner. However, depending on the scope of the request and the time required to research and compile the information, should the City of Austin not be readily able to produce the information you have requested, the communication you receive may indicate items such as:
Thus, please note that the communication you can expect to receive does not necessarily mean responsive information you have requested will be available within the 10 business days.
For more information about the Public Information Act visit the City of Austin website at (

Thank you,
PIO Public Information Specialist

From: Austin Police Department

APD PIO has received your request. In order to process the request I need some clarification. Would you like the number of reports and complaints? Or are you asking for every individual report and complaint? If you are looking for every report and complaint this may be a voluminous and labor intensive request. If you proceed with the request you may receive a substantial cost estimate so we are able to provide responsive information to the extent it exists. Please let me know how you would like to proceed. The request will not be processed until I hear back.

[APD badge with padding and line2]SPO Destiny Winston #6102
Austin Police Department

From: Austin Police Department

Because I have not received clarification regarding this request it will be closed. Please submit a new request if you still require any information.

[APD badge with padding and line2]SPO Destiny Winston #6102
Austin Police Department