The Costs of Police Violence: Measuring Misconduct

This report provides data on the costs associated with police misconduct in Austin, TX, during the years 2012 through early 2020. Police misconduct encompasses the violation of Austin Police Department policies or individuals’ constitutional rights by police officers in their duties or the illegal or unethical actions of police officers on duty. Police misconduct can range from verbal assaults to bystanders to excessive force that results in a person’s death. The goal of this report is to understand how much taxpayer dollars are spent on police misconduct.