District 5 Councilmember’s Statement on the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the San Antonio Police Officers’ Association

CONTACT: Amador Salazar, 210.904.6248

SAN ANTONIO (May 12, 2022) — Today the San Antonio City Council approved the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the San Antonio Police Officers' Association with an 8-3 vote. Councilwoman Castillo stated the following which led to a "No" vote:

"The District 5 office would like to thank our lead negotiator Deputy City Manager María Villagómez and First Assistant City Attorney Elizabeth Provencio for skillfully negotiating this contract. We would also like to thank community for making their voices heard throughout this collective bargaining process. It takes so much time, effort, and courage to speak truth to power. Our office was hopeful there would be consensus from council on the issues that community has been advocating for over the last several years.

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One of the key areas the District 5 office would have liked to have seen addressed in this contract was the elimination of the provisions that reveals the names of accusers to police charged with wrongdoing. Additionally, officers should not have the ability to use their paid holidays when they are placed on administrative leave for misconduct or wrongdoing.

We must also address the Complaint and Administrative Review Board (CARB) by adding more seats for community, while giving the body more investigative power. Denver's Office of the Independent Monitor is a great example of true civilian oversight and is something we should work toward in San Antonio.

The District 5 office looks forward to continuing this dialogue with our community and council colleagues. We truly believe that a better San Antonio is possible when all voices are included in the decision-making process."

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