A dozen former cadets with the Austin Police Academy in Texas say they were told to view some Americans as “cockroaches,” and were threatened with physical violence for saying they wanted to help people.
The Austin Police Department and Interim Police Chief Brian Manley deny the former cadets’ allegations, despite the history of Austin police abusing and killing citizens, and criminal indictments against Austin cops.
Summer Spisak, a 38-year-old former tech employee, told KVUE that police academy instructors told her and other cadets they would “punch them in the face” if they said they wanted to help people:
It’s so different from what is portrayed. It’s so different from my expectation of the Austin Police Department.
Spisak said she left the police academy because of an injury and issues she had with the training program.
Jonathan Murray, who now works in sales for Dell, said police academy instructors repeatedly referred homeless Americans and prostitutes as “cockroaches” and suggested that bored cadets “find a transient” if they wanted a felony arrest.
Michael Gibbons, a former cadet who served in the Navy, said an instructor bragged about watching two women fight from his car “to get a laugh out of it.”
Gibbons said instructors yelled and cursed at cadets.