Austin: Family Accuses Police of Negligence in Investigation into Son’s Death

By Mike Talavera

Justice for Trollie, a group seeking justice for Tardrick Fowler Jr., led a march around the Austin Police Department headquarters last weekend. Focused mainly on reforms and joined by Austin Justice Coalition and other local organizers, Trollie’s family demanded that the police reopen the case of his death.

Police had concluded in June of this year that 19-year-old Trollie had been playing Russian Roulette with friends when he shot himself in the head in an alleged suicide. Trollie’s family disputes this account based on security footage from the Super 8 Motel on I-35 where he died, and from talking to witnesses who were there.

Trollie’s mother told Tribune of the People that she believes her son was murdered and that the police were negligent and did not follow basic procedure, treating the loss of her son’s life like it didn’t matter.

“The laws didn’t do anything, why weren’t [suspects] taken in?” she told the Tribune.

Nearly 100 people participated in the march around APD, chanting “No Justice No Peace!” and “Trollie’s life mattered, we want answers!”

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