Austin Justice Coalition

A mural on La Mexicana in South Austin commemorates Mike Ramos, who was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in April.
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As a kid, Mike Ramos used to walk to get pastries for his grandmother every week from La Mexicana, the panaderia that's been a mainstay on South First Street for 30 years. Just a block away from where he and his mother Brenda Ramos lived on Annie Street, the bakery's south wall now bears two murals commemorating Mike, who was shot and killed by Austin Police Officer Christopher Taylor in April.

Protesters call for the defunding of the Austin Police Department outside City Hall on July 11.
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Austinites waited with their phones on hold, some for over an hour, to tell city council members on Thursday that proposed cuts to the police department’s budget were too small. Residents seeking more profound changes called the cuts a “pittance,” “insulting” and a “slap in the face.”

A police officer walks through the hall of LBJ High School in 2016.
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As the school board finalizes its FY2021 budget, racial justice advocates are calling on the Austin Independent School District to move money away from policing.

Thousands rallied at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin to protest police violence on June 7, 2020.
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Thousands gathered at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin on Sunday to rally against police violence against black people and systemic racism. It was at least the 10th day of protests in Austin over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, the latest in many police killings of unarmed black people nationwide. Protesters are also demanding justice in the killing of Mike Ramos, a Hispanic and black man, by Austin police April 24.  

Chas Moore, founder and executive director of the racial justice group the Austin Justice Coalition, speaks to a crowd at the Capitol on Sunday during a rally protesting police violence against black people.
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Thousands of protesters marched through the streets in and around downtown Austin over the weekend – demanding an end to police violence against black people. The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, sparked protests here and across the country. But protests in Austin were also demanding justice for Mike Ramos – an unarmed black and Hispanic man killed by an Austin Police officer in April. 

People gathered at the Capitol on Sunday to protest police killings of unarmed black people.
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Chas Moore, executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition, says he doesn’t condone or criticize protesters’ actions in Austin over the weekend. 

Law enforcement use tear gas and smoke to get protesters off I-35.
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Protesters demanding justice for Mike Ramos, George Floyd and other black people killed by police moved onto I-35 for the second day in a row after marching through downtown Austin. 

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The Travis County District Attorney’s Office and Austin’s Office of Police Oversight are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday night in Southeast Austin. Local organizations have deemed the incident — which resulted in the death of a 42-year-old man — unwarranted, and members of the community protested Saturday.