Community-Police Relations Meeting Stirring Controversy

Controversy continues to swirl around a recent meeting of a panel created by the Mayor to take a look at police-community relations in San Antonio.

A meeting held Monday at the FBI office in San Antonio was closed to the public and press, and a number of people aren’t happy about that.

“I would like to say to folks that are voicing those concerns that I would challenge them to look at the bigger picture” Ivy Taylor told KTSA News.

She called the effort critical.

“The purpose of this committee is not to put on a show for any aspect of the media–or, anyone in the community” Taylor said, emphasizing the meetings are about improving police-community relationships and shaping policy.

Others are concerned though.

“It’s important to have the public be able to access important meetings when the government meets” Councilman Ron Nirenberg told KTSA News, critical of the lack of public access to the meeting.

“I think our democracy is in trouble if the watchdogs who are meant to protect it are locked out of the room” Nirenberg said.

The Mayor said town hall style meetings are possible–but this process is not about venting.





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