APD sergeant demoted, suspended

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by KVUE News

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Posted on January 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin's chief of police is responding to the suspension and demotion of an officer on his force.

Sergeant Willian Lefebvre has a 60-day suspension and demotion to corporal.

Back in August, Lefebvre responded to a call at HEB on South Congress where he ended up using his foot to push on the chest of a handcuffed suspect in the backseat of a police car. The officer also failed to report the incident correctly.

APD Chief Art Acevedo says he holds his force to a high standard, especially sergeants.

"Not only set that high standard, we have to enforce those high standards, and we have to send a message that as it relates to use of force, reporting the use of force, we will not accept mediocrity. We will not accept people not being timely, and not being accurate," Acevedo said.

The department's policy says a suspension can keep you from being promoted for the next five years.
However, Acevedo says Lefebvre has taken full responsibility for his action and believes he will return to the department as a good member of their team.

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