'Prop B' Raises Questions Of Police Accountability In San Antonio
Police reform is a hot topic nationwide and in San Antonio, where voters will soon decide whether to approve a controversial measure that would strip the police union of its collective bargaining ability.
Those opposed argue the loss of bargaining rights would limit the department's recruiting ability, which they say would result in fewer officers and more crime on the streets.
San Antonio's police union played an influential role in the "playbook" departments across the U.S. use to negotiate their contracts.
Prop B was added to the May ballot after a petition by Fix SAPD — an organization focused on increasing police accountability in San Antonio — received the state-mandated 20,000 verified signatures.
The San Antonio Police Officers Association says reformers are trying to "defund the police" — a claim refuted by Fix SAPD leadership. Would Prop B actually reduce police funding, or is the union's messaging misleading?
What are the pros and cons of San Antonio's Proposition B? If it fails, is increased officer accountability off the table completely?
What will change if it passes, and how would that affect the City's ongoing negotiations for a new contract with police?
Early voting in Bexar County is April 19-27. Election Day is May 1. More information here.
- Ananda Tomas, deputy director of Fix SAPD
- Alonzio Hardin, SAFFE Officer at the San Antonio Police Department's East Substation and president of the SA Black Officer’s Coalition within the San Antonio Police Officers Association
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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, April 14.