More Austin police to be at South By Southwest events

First responders rush to help victims in the SXSW crash.
First responders rush to help victims in the SXSW crash.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More Austin police will be on patrol during the 2015 South By Southwest festival a year after four people were killed when a car went into a crowd.

The SXSW festival runs March 13-22 with interactive, film and music events.

A police official told the Austin Public Safety Commission on Monday that about 60 more officers will be downtown. Assistant Chief Jason Dusterhoft says an additional 120 officers will make up a response team for crowd control near the end of the festival.

Police determined a driver was legally drunk last March when officers tried to stop his car, which then veered into a crowd. Four people were killed and nearly two dozen were hurt.

The suspect remained jailed Tuesday on capital murder and aggravated assault charges.


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