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Indicted APD officer Justin Berry returns to court Monday

Berry is among 19 officers indicted by a Travis County jury in February, in connection with use of force allegations tied to the 2020 social justice protests.

AUSTIN, Texas — An indicted Austin Police Department (APD) officer, who is accused of using excessive force during social justice protests in 2020, was back in court Monday morning.

Justin Berry is one of 19 APD officers who were indicted by a Travis County grand jury in February 2022. The indictment and accusations stem from 2020 protests in Austin after the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Michael Ramos.

Berry is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant. He returned to court on Oct. 31. 

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Berry to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) in August 2022. The state agency establishes and enforces standards to ensure Texas residents are served by highly trained, ethical law enforcement, corrections and telecommunications personnel. Berry will serve on the agency until Aug. 30, 2027 when his term expires.

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