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5 officers investigated over use of force at Austin protests

1 month 1 week 3 days ago Friday, October 23 2020 Oct 23, 2020 October 23, 2020 12:13 PM October 23, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ACACIA CORONADO
Report for America/Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin Police Department says five officers have been placed on paid administrative duty amid an investigation into what authorities call “less lethal” force during protests against racism and police brutality. The investigation follows public outcry after two people participating in protests in Austin were seriously injured by officers’ bean bag rounds, which is ammunition that law enforcement deems “less lethal” than bullets. Officers Nicholas Gebhart, Kyu An, John Siegel, Derrick Lehman and Kyle Felton were placed under investigation as of Friday, and their duties have been limited. Anti-racism demonstrations spread globally following the police killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man.

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