San Antonio: DISTRICT 2 COUNCILMAN’S STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF SAN ANTONIO POLICE ASSOCIATION CONTRACT
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SAN ANTONIO (May 12, 2022) — Today City Council passed the San Antonio Police Association contract with an 8 - 3 vote.  The District 2 Councilman thanked the advocates and organizers who continue to fight for accountability and transparency within our law enforcement systems.
Last year, FIXSAPD launched an impressive and rigorous campaign to repeal Local Government Code 174, later known as "Prop B."  At the polls, San Antonians demonstrated they wanted more to be done to ensure the Police Officers Association could not protect dangerous cops and allow them back on our streets with a badge and a gun.

District 2 believes the contract still misses the mark in addressing some of the core demands the community has sought in order to ensure transparency and accountability, and due to these missing components, the Councilman voted no.

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The Councilman believes that the contract lacks these necessary components:
  1. Officers can still use vacation days or discretionary days, in place of unpaid suspensions.
  2. The Evergreen clause remains at 8 years.
  3. The advisory board charged with reviewing police misconduct, known as the CARB, is still dictated by this contract and has no measure of independence. The Kinder Institute at Rice University named San Antonio's CARB as the weakest of civilian oversight systems across 5 major cities in Texas.

The Councilman shares the following statement, "The City had already begun negotiations and set forth their priorities before this Council took office after the 2021 election. We received updates and held discussions about the negotiations, but District 2 concerns were rarely reflected in the negotiation list of priorities, and the CARB is one example.

It should be noted that revision of the CARB was mentioned by Fix SAPD, community members, and even some Council members - who were quoted in the media- in the summer of 2020 leading up to negotiations.

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Another concern reflects our budget and financial responsibilities. With fifteen percent pay increases over the next five years, plus an instantaneous two percent bonus immediately following the passage of this contract, we are making financial awards without metrics. Texas House Bill 1900 will penalize us if we ever lower our policing budget unless we lower the City budget across the board. Every increase to the police budget is essentially permanent and must be taken seriously.

SAPOA carries influence with some Councilmembers on the dais. Yet, there are other voices who carry the stories, the heartbreak and the wisdom that comes from a lived experience of over-policing and fatal interactions with law enforcement. People across the country have faced violence and harm caused by interactions with law enforcement.

Today, I cast a NO vote in their honor and together with their families, we will fight to keep hope alive so that one day we will truly be accountable, transparent and safe in our communities."

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