AP sources: Grand jury indicts 19 Austin police officers on aggravated assault charges over 2020 protests.
Far-left, Soros-funded Travis County DA Jose Garza targeted nearly 20 police officers for ruin for doing their job to quell the George Floyd riots in 2020.
The names of the officers were not publicly released.
The Austin police officers were indicted for ‘injuring’ rioters with beanbag rounds nearly 2 years ago.
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Austin also agreed to a $10 million settlement with two men who were injured by beanbag rounds.
“We believe many protesters injured by law enforcement officers during the protest were innocent bystanders. We also believe that the overwhelming majority of victims in the incidents that were investigated suffered significant injuries,” Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said during a Thursday press conference announcing the indictments. “Some will never fully recover.”
Austin Police Association president Kenneth Casaday blasted the Soros-backed DA for attempting to score political points ahead of the March 1 primaries.
“These officers were only doing what they were told to do with what the city of Austin provided them during the days of the riots,” Casaday said, according to the Texas Tribune.
Fox News reported last week:
Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Jose Garza has scheduled a grand jury to consider charging over twenty police officers for their response to violent riots in Austin following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
The formation of the grand jury, confirmed by Fox News, is predicated on protests near Austin Police Headquarters on May 30 and 31, 2020, during which APD officers fired bean bags, rubber bullets, and tear gas during a protest that spiraled out of control.
At least 21 officers are facing potential charges for firing less than lethal rounds at protesters who were blocking I-35, the main interstate through Austin, and refusing to disperse after multiple instructions by police to do so. Interstate 35 is the main traffic artery through downtown Austin, connecting the Texas capital to points north including Dallas and south including San Antonio. Attempting to block the interstate was illegal. Austin Police Headquarters is next to the interstate and protesters kept it under a state of siege for several nights.