City panel says Austin police chief violated ethics rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A city panel has ruled the Austin police chief violated ethics rules by not filing a 2012 personal financial report in a timely manner.

The Austin Ethics Review Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to uphold the complaint filed by ex-police officer Jermaine Hopkins in December.

The commission gave Police Chief Art Acevedo a written reprimand for the violation. Acevedo said through his attorney the violation was unintentional.

Hopkins said he's pleased by the panel's vote, but he's disappointed in the lack of punishment.

Hopkins is appealing his termination for failing to follow orders and other policy violations. He says he made the complaint because city officials need to be held accountable. He says he didn't make the complaint out of retaliation for his firing.

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