Teen Brad Ayala shot in head with rubber bullet at Austin protest

An Austin teen named Brad Levi Ayala has medical treatment after a police  officer shot him in the head with a projectile during a protest, Texas police confirmed.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters on Monday that Ayala, 16, was injured during a protest over the weekend when the teenager was shot in the forehead with a “less lethal” beanbag projectile, The Austin Chronicle reported.

Brad Levi Ayala

Manley said Ayala is in “serious but stable condition.”

“I’ve seen the video where he is standing and it appears as though he is struck in that video that I’ve seen on social media with a less-lethal impact munition in the head, in the forehead,” Manley said Monday.

That video clip is below.

In a post on GoFundMe, Ayala’s family said he is “recovering and stable but the recovery will be a long process.” They added he is conscious, but “in a great deal of pain and discomfort” and said doctors continue to monitor him.

It’s noteworthy to mention that the family indicated on that page that Brad was hit with a “rubber bullet” and not the beanbag round mentioned by police.

Manley confirmed police also shot a 20-year-old black man in the head with the less lethal rounds, and he is in critical condition.

“I’m crushed. I’ve cried a few times today,” Manley said. “This was two very young people that we believe are from our community, but regardless, that are right now fighting for their life and seriously injured. That is not what we set out to do as a police department.”

“I know that we are investigating that case, as well. We are trying to pull together all of our video, body-worn camera video, whatever else we may have, to piece together what happened in that incident.”

Protesters helped carry Ayala down to officers to receive medical attention. Ayala’s brother thanked those protesters in a tweet and criticized officers for not responding.

Manley said while the department is thoroughly reviewing its crowd-control policies, his department’s use of force over the weekend was “within policy.”


  1. On June 1st, 2020 16 year old Brian Levi Ayala was walking home from his deli sandwich job when he stopped on a hill to observe the protestors in Austin, TX. While standing and watching the chaos below he was shot (what is presumed to be an accident) by an Austin police officer in the forehead and twice in the abdomen with plastic bullets. He is now in critical condition. Chief of Austin Police Brian Manley has not released the name of the shooter and has stated the shooting was “within policy”. Mr. Manley (as of today) has not been held accountable for mismanagement of the department and brought justice to this young man. In addition Brian Manley released a statement saying he has reviewed the incident only on YouTube. Please help those who are concerned by giving to Brian Levi Ayala’s Go Fund Me page. Your help is deeply appreciated. Thank you, Mr. Mike Watkins – [email protected]

  2. My mistake, the young man’s name is actually Brad Levi Ayala and not Brian Levi Ayala.

  3. Little miscreant got what he deserved…My brother was the one whom let loose the dogs of war on that criminals forehead, he got a promotion, am so proud 🙂

    1. What the f**k is wrong with you.

    2. Whether or not you’re trolling for a reaction or telling the truth, I from the deepest depths of my heart, hope you hang yourself you worthless, disgusting piece of sh*t cretin. You’re wasting precious air and space for the people in this world who actually matter.

    3. He’s my cousin you dumb fuck why would you say that your going to hell…

  4. One can see the piece of s**t officer take AIM at Brad and drop him like an animal…Brad was hunted…I hope that office is hunted down in the same way…take it old school old testament…eye for a f*ckin eye…

  5. He’s my cousin on god….

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