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Travis County’s district attorney vowed to hold law enforcement accountable. Now he’s in a showdown with Austin police.

José Garza’s efforts have fueled one of the most heated showdowns playing out nationwide between police and prosecutors who have vowed to overhaul the criminal justice system.

Austin police officers stand guard outside of their headquarters during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died during an attempted arrest by Minneapolis police.

Breakfast tacos and a broken system

Brenda Ramos places flowers by the grave of her son, Michael Ramos, at Assumption Cemetery in Austin on April 19, 2021.  Ramos was shot and killed by Austin police officer Christopher Taylor last year.
Flowers adorn the graveside of Michael Ramos at Assumption Cemetery in Austin, on April 19, 2021.  Ramos was shot and killed by Austin police officer Christopher Taylor last year while exiting a parking space.
A protester holds a sign at a rally for George Floyd and Michael Ramos at Austin Police headquarters on May 30, 2020.

"Looking for a civil rights prosecutor"

Hundreds of protesters met at the Austin Police Headquarters in downtown Austin and proceeded to take over both sides of Interstate 35. The protest followed the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and Mike Ramos in Austin, both by police officers.
People hold a bean bag shell, tear gas canister and a rubber bullet during a protest over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Austin Police officers fired these items on protesters as they tried to remove them from Interstate 35. May 31, 2020.
Joseph Chacon speaks after being sworn in as Austin's 10th police chief at the LifeAustin Muller Church in Austin, Texas on Oct. 29, 2021.

Frustration all around

Austin Police patrol the site of a recent mass shooting. At least 13 people were injured in a shooting on East Sixth Street near Trinity Street in Austin in the early hours of Jun 12, 2021.
The Austin Police Department building with the Austin skyline in the background on March 22, 2021.

"Waging a war on police officers"

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