Though much of the community has coalesced around Brian Manley being appointed permanent chief of police, some activists appear determined to open a conversation about how Manley's administration may operate. Last week, the Austin Justice Coalition, criminal justice group Just Liberty, and the Austin Community Law Center released a list of changes they would like to see as proof of Manley's commitment to leading APD "into a new era of policing."
AJC Founder Chas Moore said he and his colleagues had hoped to raise a number of these issues at the first community forum to vet Manley, held Monday, May 7, but that the forum's moderator declined to present their questions. And Grassroots Leadership's Chris Harris reported complaints that questions had been altered or otherwise softened. The next public engagement is scheduled for tonight (Thursday), May 17, at the KLRU Studio, and will feature community members asking Manley their questions directly – good news for Harris, Moore, and company. Read more about Council: Knocked Down and Drug Out