APD Won't Release Video Of Officer Picking Up Prostitute

The Austin Police Department announced Monday it will not be releasing dash-cam video of a veteran police detective picking up a prostitute.

The city said the attorney general ruled the video may not be made public, because the investigation is still open.

KXAN Austin News, however, obtained audio tapes of a conversation between 21-year veteran Detective Ralph Johnson and his supervisor.

Johnson was suspended for 25 days for violating a department policy that prohibits "associating with persons with bad reputations."

Just after midnight on March 2, Johnson was pulled over in his personal vehicle near the intersection of Alpine Road and Congress Avenue.

"He said, 'Ralph Johnson, did you know you just picked up a known prostitute?' I said ' No, you got to be kidding me!'" Johnson said in the recording.

Neither Johnson nor the prostitute was arrested.

On the streets, soliciting a prostitute is a crime punishable by up to six months in jail.

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