Austin PD, 911 staffing levels questioned after street racers take over street, injure cop

Some Austin City Council members are speaking out about the police department’s vacancies and ongoing problems at the 911 call center after a chaotic scene unfolded downtown on Saturday night. 

Street racers took over an intersection at South Lamar Boulevard and Barton Springs Road, drifting in the middle of the street and setting off fireworks as throngs of people looked on at the mayhem. 

One law enforcement officer was injured and several police cars were damaged in the fracas.