AUSTIN, Texas — An Austin police officer and film actor kept his job but temporarily suspended for 90 days after he hit a woman’s car and drove off. The officer’s supervisor has also been temporarily suspended for improper conduct while handling the incident.
Internal affairs found Officer Ryan Hancock, who is also an actor in a number of movies, crashed into a woman’s car and drove off in December. The woman dialed 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Hancock told the internal affairs investigators that he didn’t know he had crashed into anyone, “despite hearing a noise that should have registered to him that a crash might have occurred,” according to a disciplinary memo that described the incident as a “hit and run.”
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo also made comments in the memo, saying Hancock is a training officer for new cops, and is expected after this incident to require further training himself.
Acavdeo described the behavior of Hancock’s supervisor David Mahoney as “more egregious in that it was his responsibility as the commander to ensure that his subordinates conducted a thorough and complete investigation of this incident, which did not occur.” Mahoney kept his job, however, receiving a 10 day suspension.
Hancock’s collision was captured by his patrol car’s dashboard camera, but that video has not been released to the public.
This was not Hancock’s first collision on record, according to Kenneth Casaday, President of the Austin Police Association lobby group. Despite this, Casaday says he disagrees with the decision to suspend Hancock. “I think 90 days was way excessive. I’m not sure he needed any discipline,” said Casaday.
“I will be the first to admit that it’s possible a few mistakes were made,” Casaday wrote in an email. “However, the mistakes were from the heart, not of the head.”
TruthVoice attempted to reach Hancock for comment Tuesday on his publicly-listed phone number at (512) 619-6733, but he was unavailable and did not respond to messages.