“If we don`t, we`ll be stuck with bad cops,” McManus said. This can have an impact on prosecutions. Prosecutor Joe Gonzales told us he was asking two lists of troubled police officers. One of them, designated as a permanent list, has the names of 16 officers whose cases he will not accept for law enforcement purposes, unless there is another officer to confirm their reports. The other is a disclosure list with names of officers who have been disciplined, which it makes available to advocates as part of the discovery process. For the past three years, my residents have asked for a police station. I think we need to stay true to that commitment, but reinvent the way we see it. See it in a way that is more useful for all of our communities to develop it as a public safety substation, not just a police substation. Yes, we will have a few police officers, but I hope we can discuss a dispute resolution centre, a fair housing area, a domestic violence zone.
A substation that`s going to be more than just lawsuits. The current police contract expires in September 2021. “Did I think he had committed a crime? Yes, I do,” Helle said. But I am not the criminal oversight authority or the person who has to lay these charges is the chief of police. The boss`s office, because of his incompetence, did not determine the actual day when this happened. Many of the local police protections, including arbitration, are removed from Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code. Voters adopted the statute in 1947 after receiving a petition. The organization Fix SAPD has launched an attempt to collect signatures for a return election on collective bargaining and arbitrations in San Antonio. These efforts are unlikely to meet the mid-August deadlines to collect signatures and have them certified for the November vote. FixSAPD is a newly created group that is working to repeal chapters 143 and 174 in San Antonio. Chapter 174 allows police and firefighters to bargain collectively, and voters adopted it in 1974. FixSAPD has received support from organizations such as the Texas Organizing Project.
The problematic disciplinary provisions of the San Antonio police contract, which impede the ability of the chief of police to fire public servants, have been a hot topic for years, but they have never been a priority in contract negotiations. Recent contract negotiations have focused on health costs. Yet over the years, SAPOA has negotiated very lucrative compensation packages for its members and, like many police unions across the country, it now has a contract that makes it extremely difficult to discipline or fire civil servants, a major obstacle to police reform.