AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Police Chief Brian Manley has released the newest edition of the Austin Police Department general orders.
In his message, Manley says the orders, which were issued Monday, June 1, "are designed to assist all employees in accomplishing the Department's mission in a professional and lawful manner."
"Adherence to these orders also helps safeguard employees and the Department against civil litigation and ensures that employees will be protected when their individual actions are scrutinized, especially after a critical incident," Manley says in the message.
According to Manley, all employees are to abide by the orders and are responsible for being current with them.
The Austin Police Department is facing harsh criticism due to its response to recent protests in Austin. Two men were critically injured after being hit in the head by bean bag rounds fired by Austin police and a pregnant woman was struck in the stomach.
Those incidents have led to an investigation and a discussion over the use of force by officers.
Manley recently said that he's reviewing the department's tactics. He says the use of lethal rounds was in response to instigators who infiltrated protests to commit violence but admitted that they didn't always hit the right target.
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