FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

City of Austin Apologizes for Police Problem Tweet

March 12, 2014  | 

The city of Austin has apologized for a tweet advising visitors attending South By Southwest to contact the police monitor's office if they have a problem with officers after it angered law enforcement officials and drew criticism online, reports the Austin American-Statesman.

"Welcome #SXSWers! We know you're loving Austin but if you experience a problem with police, let us know. 512-974-9090," the city tweeted Monday night. (The actual link to the website is

Then Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo weighed in: "@austintexasgov If you want to commend a member of @Austin_Police please drop me a line at [email protected] Enjoy ATX!"

In a statement, the city said that the information in the original tweet was accurate but that the tone was inappropriate, "and not released in good judgment."

Comments (3)

Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

GP Cobb @ 3/13/2014 7:08 PM

"Tone" BS on Tone

Donut_plz @ 3/13/2014 7:59 PM

Wonder of they are pushing the "complain on an officer now" website after that jerk "citizen" ran his car into everyone.....

Can't believe it @ 3/14/2014 1:50 PM

I can't believe that you can actually go on that website right here and read all of the OD officers write ups. I understand that they are, if deemed appropriate, public record, however I have never seen a department do this, to the extent the APD has done. Sad situation.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Safariland Living Proof Campaign Celebrates 1924 Body Armor Saves
Safariland's mission statement, #TogetherWeSaveLives, is what the company stands for....
California Man Arrested After Walking into Police Station with Handgun
Police arrested a man Sunday after he allegedly walked into the Suisun City (CA) Police...
Former Florida Officer Acquitted of On-Duty Rape
A Palm Beach County jury found former Boynton Beach officer Stephen Maiorino, 36, not...
Video: Oklahoma Troopers Shoot Man at End of High-Speed Chase
With speeds often topping 100 miles per hour, the chase involved several agencies and...
Video: LAPD Says Officer Stalking Video was Rap Promotion, Warrant Issued on Suspect
"The investigation revealed that the film was made by members of an early 1990s rap group...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine