AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Police Department will be taking a knee in solidarity in condemning the "acts that killed George Floyd" on Saturday.
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The demonstration will take place at 1 p.m. at APD headquarters and will last for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time that an ex-Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd's neck.
APD's demonstration comes after a two-day city council meeting that discussed the department's handling of ongoing protests that have taken place around the city in recent weeks.
After videos surfaced of APD officers using "less-than-lethal" munitions on Austin residents, one of which was a 16-year-old bo who was shot in the head with a bean-bag round, APD chief Brian Manely released new general orders stopping the use of such tactics.
Some council members called for the resignation of APD Police Chief Brian Manely after reviewing tactics used in last weekend's protests.
“Chief, for our city to heal, for our community to make progress I think the honorable thing for you to do would be to resign as police chief,” said Austin City Council member Greg Casar.
“I have to join my colleagues to ask the chief to reconsider your role in this organization, including asking for your honorable resignation,” said Delia Garza, mayor pro-tem.