In The News

Austin officers suspended without pay after making rape jokes

Austin officers suspended without pay after making rape jokes

KVUE — Two Austin police officers heard making jokes about rape that were recorded on a dashboard camera had a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday morning.

Officer Michael Castillo was suspended three days without pay and Officer Mark Lytle was given five days off without pay. Both officers must go through training with nonprofit that helps victims of sexual assault.

The hearing started around 10 a.m. and wrapped up around noon.

Austin police officials launched an investigation in late October after Lytle and Castillo were heard on a YouTube video making comments police officials deemed inappropriate.

Lytle and Castillo had responded in May to a crash off the I-35 service road just north of 53rd Street. At first, the officers appeared to joke about ignoring crimes. That commentary was followed by their comments about rape. An Austin attorney obtained the video while representing a woman involved in the fender bender. He then posted the video on Youtube.


Read the full story and see the video on

Austin Police Department police car
APD has suspended two officers who made rape jokes.  Courtesy of Austin Police Department/Facebook