Chief: Investigation of Nude Teen's Shooting to Take 30 Days

The chief of the Austin police says he expects an investigation to be completed within 30 days of an officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed nude teenager.

Chief Art Acevedo offered the timeline at a Thursday news conference attended by activists critical of the Monday shooting of 17-year-old David Joseph.

"No matter how the circumstances are when someone dies in a police action, whether justified or not, is a tragedy," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters at a news conference where he shared the mic with Black Lives Matter and other community activists.

Mayor Steve Adler urged protesters to let the investigation play out and promised to request an independent investigation if the results don't inspire confidence.

Activists are demanding an independent investigation and Freeman's firing now.

Police say Freeman responded to 911 calls about a man chasing another man in an apartment complex. Freeman shot Joseph when the teen refused orders to stop and charged the officer, who was answering a disturbance call.

Joseph was black, as is Freeman. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the 10-year police veteran had been praised for calm in stressful situations and his professional manner. He's received several commendations.

Joseph's family has called for a "full and fair investigation" into his death. 

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