By Terry Dean of the Austin Weekly
Seats in the first-floor auditorium were filled near capacity for the town hall. Also present were other police officials, including former Austin 15th District commander Eugene Williams. Audience members included community leaders and residents.
Some residents had tough questions for Graham and police during the forum, which lasted more than two hours.
An Austin mother said she’s seen police threaten youth and claimed that involved trying to place illegal drugs on them in exchange for information. When asked by Williams, the woman, however, never filed a complaint with the city’s Independent Police Review Authority – created in 2007 – which handles police misconduct complaints. The woman said she feared retaliation if she did so.
Meanwhile, as the forum was going on inside the unairconditioned Austin Town Hall at 5610 W. Lake St., Chicago police, fire trucks and paramedics swarmed the area just south of the building along Central.
Just before the start of the forum, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., a white male in his 50s was killed at the Central and Lake Green Line after jumping in front of a train. This was the second such incident in the last four years at the station involving someone killed while jumping onto the tracks.
See our earlier story about the death.