APD officer indefinitely suspended after alleged assault

The Austin Police Department says that one of its officers has been indefinitely suspended in response to an October 2015 incident in which the officer allegedly assaulted one of his neighbors.

Officer Mike Manley's suspension is effective as of April 27 and he can appeal the decision.

The alleged assault happened on October 31, 2015 at an outdoor Halloween party at Manley's neighbor's house in Cedar Park.

Documents state that Manley and another neighbor began discussing current events when things got "heated" and witnesses say Manley made derogatory comments about Mexicans and Hispanics. The neighbor confronted Manley about his comments and Manley allegedly responded by making comments about the neighbor's personal life.

The owner of the house where the party was being held asked Manley to leave but Manley reportedly didn't hear the request. When Manley didn't leave the homeowner sprayed Manley with a garden hose.

Documents state that Manley told Internal Affairs that he was aware that he "was not being attacked" and that he was being sprayed with "water" but that he felt like he was in a "fight or flight" situation. Manley then admits to charging the homeowner and knocking her to the ground until another neighbor separated them.

The homeowner had significant visible bruising to her arms and bruising to her legs, the documents state.

There was drinking at the party and Manley was reportedly intoxicated.

Documents state as well that Manley made dishonest and inconsistent statements to Internal Affairs and others in regards to the incident.

Cedar Park police did respond to the incident and a warrant was issued for Manley's arrest in December 2015. 

The Williamson County Attorney's Officer conducted an investigation as well and charged Manley with a Class A misdemeanor assault on April 15, 2016.



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