Austin police have concluded their investigation into the death of a naked teen who was shot by police.
David Joseph, 17, was shot to death by APD Officer Geoffrey Freeman on Feb. 8. Witnesses say they called 911 after seeing one man chasing another.
Authorities allege that Joseph charged Freeman only moments after the cop stepped out of his squad car, the Austin-American Statesman reports. Freeman’s attorney claims the officer was in fear for his life when he fired the fatal shots.
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Joseph was black, as is Freeman.
The findings of the investigation will be used to determine whether Freeman was acting within APD standards when he used lethal force against Joseph. This investigation will likely include testimony from witnesses as well as evidence from the scene. It has not yet been made public.
Now that the investigation is over, it will be reviewed by the police chief.
“30 days is a goal, but we’re not going to artificially cut cut off an investigation if there’s more steps to be taken,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo when explaining the timeline for what will happen next.
In addition to the internal investigation, there is also an ongoing criminal investigation, but Acevedo told KXAN he will not wait for the criminal investigation to conclude before making an internal decision regarding Freeman.
“Unfortunately — what’s happened with the grand jury process is this city over the years — sometimes these shootings have taken a year, a year-and-a-half to go through the grand jury process,” Acevedo said. “I’m not waiting. … I can only control the internal process. I can’t control the timing of the criminal piece. That’s something in the District Attorney’s office. I can tell you the district attorney has indicated that they plan on making this case a priority and plan to move sooner, rather than later, through that grand jury process. But once our investigation is complete, we’re going to move forward.”