Wednesday, June 8, 2022

People with disabilities to share experiences with Austin Police Department with City leadership

The town hall will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 10 a.m.-to 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and participants can attend in person at the Asian American Resource Center or virtually on Zoom. For more information or to RSVP for the event, visit speakupaustin.org/opo-townhall.   

OPO will have a media availability with staff available to speak on-camera about the importance of this event:   

  • Date/Time: Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   

  • Location: Windsor Branch, Austin Public Library 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin, TX 78723  

  • Contact: Cristina Tangredi at 413-231-0577  

“This town hall meeting is an opportunity to continue a dialogue to build positive relationships between our city’s law enforcement and the disability community,” said Michelle Schwartz, Director of SAFE’s Disability Services program, one of the groups organizing the event. The Office of Police Oversight planned this event with disability advocates and organizations in Austin to learn about best practices for accessibility and better understand the community needs of people living with disabilities.  

 The upcoming town hall event will focus on the experiences community members living with disabilities have with law enforcement and how to create better engagement between law enforcement and this community.   

This town hall event is the second part of its series that began in May 2021. At the first event, City leadership heard from community members about their experiences and concerns with law enforcement in Austin. In response to this feedback, the Office of Police Oversight is hosting another event with discussions centered around building a greater sense of empathy and understanding of individuals living with disabilities and the role intersectionality has in communities’ lives.  

For more information or to RSVP for the event, visit speakupaustin.org/opo-townhall.   


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