SA Justice Charter supporters call city attorney’s comments on ballot initiative “unethical”
Supporters of a San Antonio ballot initiative meant to decriminalize marijuana possession and abortion in the Alamo City say the city attorney’s public warnings about its enforceability are “unethical” and “immoral.”
North Side councilmen leave chambers rather than put marijuana, abortion onto May 6 ballot
Because the proposed charter amendment was the result of a successful petition, the city’s legal team said the city council had no choice but to put it on the ballot.Even so, three North Side councilmen made sure to leave council chambers rather than help pass it: Councilman Manny Pelaez (D8), Councilman John Courage (D9), and Councilman Clayton Perry (D10).
Marijuana, abortion make San Antonio May ballot, but city attorney says ‘decriminalization’ efforts aren’t enforceable
The "San Antonio Justice Charter" has enough signatures to get on the ballot, but will it matter? The City Attorney claims most of the proposed changes aren't legal, and the city wouldn't try to enforce them, even if they were to pass.
Activist group puts SAPD suspension records at your fingertips
The information in ACT 4 SA’s dashboard is compiled from open record requests, SAPD’s own website, and media reports and dates from 2010 until last summer, says Executive Director Ananda Tomas. The dashboard does not contain the original documents.
Texas cannabis decriminalization victories in midterms bode well for San Antonio petition drive
San Antonio activists are collecting signatures for a petition that would let local voters decide whether to decriminalize pot and abortions as well as ban police choke holds and no-knock warrants.sacurrent.com
Activists want marijuana & abortion decriminalization on May 2023 ballot
Decriminalizing abortion and marijuana possession are the centerpieces of the 13-page “San Antonio Justice Charter Initiative," but the proposed charter amendment would also expand existing San Antonio Police policies and make them permanent - such as the cite-and-release program, and bans on choke holds and no-knock warrants.
VIA PD chief: No plans to create video release policy or ban chokeholds outright
Amid criticism that his department operates under a veil of secrecy and refuses to adopt reform measures, VIA Transit Police Chief Mark Witherell said the agency will not create a critical incident video release policy or outright ban the use of chokeholds.
Major changes coming for Bexar County Sheriff’s Office disciplinary process, sheriff announces
A major change was announced Monday for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office as part of the collective bargaining agreement -- no more arbitration, and the deputy discipline and appeals process is changing significantly.
Council member, advocates clash over cite-and-release expectations Council member, advocates clash over cite-and-release expectations
A request filed by Councilman Manny Pelaez (D8) for city staff to consider a cite-and-release program for marijuana possession did not satisfy some advocates who seek to include other misdemeanors.sanantonioreport.org
San Antonio activists want parallel pilot programs for mental health responses - with, and without police
Having failed to keep police out of a new mental health response team the City of San Antonio will try out beginning next spring, activists want the city to at least give a civilian-centric model a try, too.
Fix SAPD sees shades of victory even in Prop B’s defeat
The ballot measure to strip San Antonio police officers of their collective bargaining power fell short by 3,475 votes - a 2.3 percent margin. To Fix SAPD, the group that circulated the petition to get the issue onto the ballot, that slim defeat shows “the community is ready for change.”
San Antonio police union rejects call for FBI investigation of alleged intimidation of Fix SAPD petitioners
click to enlarge Courtesy Photo / Fix SAPDOpponents of Fix SAPD's petition drive hold up signs at a polling site where volunteers collected signatures last fall. The measure will appear on the May 1 ballot.Earlier this month, longtime East Side activist and former city councilman Mario Salas asked the FBI to look into allegations Fix SAPD volunteers faced harassment from union supporters while they approached voters. represent Fix SAPD and the way that we work or speak to our community." But Tomas said that both petitioners and voters felt intimidated by SAPOA volunteers and recruits. He added that supporters of Fix SAPD — the group backing the ballot measure — "enoughabilityHowever, Diaz said Fix SAPD, not the union, engaged in intimidation.sacurrent.com
San Antonio's police union claims referendum taking aim at collective bargaining seeks to 'defund' cops
Jaime MonzonBlack Lives Matter protesters march in downtown San Antonio last June. San Antonio's police union on Tuesday doubled down on claims that a local ballot initiative aimed at scaling back its power to bargain for a new labor contract amounts to "defunding the police. It has no sway over the budget of SAPD or any other law enforcement agency. The groups say the union should negotiate for pay and benefits via a meet-and-confer process used by Dallas and other cities. Around two-thirds of San Antonio Police Department officers fired during the past decade were reinstated after arbitration hearings guaranteed under the union's current contract.sacurrent.com
‘It is a threat:’ Police union blasts proposition that would repeal SAPD’s collective bargaining rights
SAPOA President Danny Diaz accused Fix SAPD — the organization that spearheaded the movement behind Prop B — of lying to the voters about the true intentions of the proposal. “These organizations work on a wealth of issues from fixing police contracts to supporting candidates for some of them, district attorney reform, mobilizing black voters, aiding refugee and immigrant families. But Diaz said the repeal amounts to defunding by taking away their seat at the bargaining table. Diaz also invited Alonzio Hardin, the president of the San Antonio Black Police Officers Coalition, to speak. AdREAD MORE: Protections for police officers accused of misconduct in San Antonio
Video, police reports, social media reveals tension between San Antonio police union and Fix SAPD reform group
The May killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked international protests, including weeks of demonstrations in San Antonio. Just yelling, yelling in their faces,” said Fix SAPD Deputy Director Ananda Tomas, who added that it was far from an isolated incident. It impacts us in a great way when we have a bully that just will not let San Antonio be, will not let San Antonio speak.”Ad“(SAPOA is) a club. Back SA Blue social media accounts have used pictures of Fix SAPD petitioners in many of their posts. Martin said any repeal measures pushed by Fix SAPD would only apply to SAPD, and not to other first responders in San Antonio.
New San Antonio police union leader accuses reformers of ‘trying to divide our city’
The chief has been vocal in his opposition to the current union contract and how it cuts into his ability to discipline officers. The current contract expires after September but could be temporarily extended if a new agreement isn’t reached by then. Chief McManus said late last year that the current contract and state laws “protect bad officers” in an interview with KSAT. When asked about Monday’s joint press conference, City Manager Erik Walsh said the following a statement:“The key message from the press conference is that both SAPOA and the City of San Antonio are looking to improve the working relationship for the benefit of the community. Police accountability and transparency remains the top priority for the City in both the Collective Bargaining Agreement and upcoming Texas Legislative Session.