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Austin Police Department’s Civil Rights Violation Costs $1 Million

Millie L. Thompson and Jermaine A. Hopkins, March 7, 2015

“Carlos Chacon sued the City of Austin and Austin Police Department Officers Eric Copeland and Russell Rose for their use of excessive force against him.  His attorney, Broadus Spivey, filed the case in Federal Court, pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983 – Civil action for deprivation of rights.  On Thursday evening, March 5, 2015, a jury of 12 decided the case in Chacon’s favor.  Chacon was awarded $1,000,000.00 in damages.  We discuss the case, the legal process, important details of the trial, and how APD’s brass inconsistently treats dishonesty by police officers.”

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