Austin police fire officer who fatally shot naked teen David Joseph
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo fired a 10-year department veteran Monday in the shooting death of an unarmed, naked teen — the outcome of an internal investigation that moved at an accelerated clip amid demands from some in the community for a speedy resolution.
Officer Geoffrey Freeman, 42, used unjustified lethal force on Feb. 8 by firing twice at 17-year-old David Joseph, according to a nine-page disciplinary memo. Freeman also was found to have violated department policies on response to resistance, encountering people exhibiting symptoms of substance-induced delirium and neglect of duty.
“My family is glad to hear that Officer Freeman will not hurt any other unarmed Black men,” David Joseph’s brother, Fally Joseph, said in a statement. “When he took my brother away from us, he stole something no one can ever give us back. We are glad to know that the City of Austin thinks David’s life mattered, and that officer Freeman will not be on the streets again.”
This is the first time in more than eight years that an Austin officer has lost his job because of a fatal shooting.