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For immediate release:
Apr. 25, 2013
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Chief Acevedo’s statement regarding the Texas Civil Rights Project

As an organization we are constantly reviewing tactics and procedures for opportunities to refine response protocols. With that said, when a subject threatens an innocent third party or a police officer with deadly force, our officers have an obligation and duty to protect the individual(s), and themselves.

It saddens me to no end that a person with a clearly recognized mental illness died as a result of his life-threatening actions.
While the Austin Police Department will critically review this incident as it does all deadly force encounters, this encounter is a prime illustration of the need for better mental health care in our community, state and Nation. Our Nation's woefully inadequate commitment to mental health, too often results in our front-line officers being left to deal with and suffer the consequences of this failure, not to mention the loss for the families' of the involved subject.

The Austin Police Department will do its part to do everything humanly possible to preserve life as we always do, but ultimately, we will continue to have these tragedies if the rest of society fails to join us in this shared responsibility. 

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