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Tue Jun 2, 2020, 05:38 AM

Austin police critically injured a black man during protests against police violence

by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune

Austin police critically injured a 20-year-old black protester Sunday when an officer shot him with "less-lethal" ammunition during a weekend filled with Texas demonstrations and violence, according to police Chief Brian Manley. Video also shows officers shooting at the people trying to get medical attention for the protester, whose name was not released.

Demonstrations nationwide were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck until he lost consciousness and for minutes afterward. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three officers who were with him were also fired. In Austin, protesters also demonstrated for Michael Ramos, an unarmed black man who was shot to death by an Austin police officer in late April.

On Monday, Manley addressed videos circulating on social media of force used by his officers at protests during the weekend. In a media briefing, Manley said police cameras showed the critically injured protester was standing near police headquarters at around 11 p.m. when another man lobbed a water bottle, and then hurled his backpack, at officers guarding the building.

“One of the officers fired less-lethal munition at that individual, apparently, but it struck this victim instead. And this victim then fell to the ground, and it appears that he hit his head when he fell to the ground as well,” Manley said.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/01/austin-police-george-floyd-mike-ramos/

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Tue Jun 2, 2020, 06:34 AM

1. Yes,

he was hit with a bean bag in the back of his head, fell and hit his head.

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