Agen­cies team­ing up to pro­vide safety mea­sures dur­ing Lake Travis mu­sic event

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE -

A fed­eral law­suit filed Thurs­day ac­cused a Travis County deputy con­sta­ble of beat­ing a woman and ex­pos­ing her breast in front of an ele­men­tary school with her grand­chil­dren watch­ing in May 2009.

Lawyers with the Texas Civil Rights Project filed the suit against Deputy Con­sta­ble Richard Furrs on be­half of the woman, who used a pseu­do­nym in the court fil­ings. Furrs tar­geted the woman be­cause she is a Mex­i­can im­mi­grant, ac­cord­ing to the suit.

Mis­de­meanor crim­i­nal charges that Furrs filed against the woman were later dropped, the suit said. It said Furrs was sus­pended for five days, but the con­sta­ble’s of­fice would not con­firm that. Gwen­dolyn Doyle, a man­ager at the of­fice, would say only that Furrs was still em­ployed there. Furrs could not be reached for com­ment.

The woman went to Sims Ele­men­tary School off Spring­dale Road in East Austin to pick up her grand­chil­dren on May 21, 2009,

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