AUSTIN -- Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo issued an apology Saturday for comments made about a jogger arrested by officers near the University of Texas campus.
The video, posted Thursday, shows 24-year-old Amanda Jo Stephen in handcuffs, sitting on the sidewalk at 24th and San Antonio streets near the University of Texas campus. Moments later she's captured yelling and cursing at Austin police officers as they load her into a police car.
On Friday Chief Acevedo garnered national attention surrounding the viral video.
Acevedo said, "Cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas. And I stand here proud as a police chief, saying that I'm proud that this is the controversy that I'm dealing with today, on the day that we're actually convicting somebody of capital murder. And I'm glad that I'm here having to address mediocrity."
Friday was the same day Brandon Daniel was convicted of killing Austin police officer Jaime Padron in 2012.
Acevedo's apology reads in full:
"[Friday's] press conference related to the arrest of a jogger by members of the Austin Police Department (APD) was the culmination of an emotional week for the APD, our extended APD family and me personally.
During the press conference I attempted to place the arrest into context by bringing attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with many acts of serious misconduct. This includes recent instances in the news of sexual assault by police officers in other cities.
In hindsight I believe the comparison was a poor analogy, and for this I apologize. I stand committed to transparent leadership and will continue to engage the community we serve in an open, honest, and timely manner.
Chief Art Acevedo"