The vote on the contract deal reached between the City of San Antonio and the police union was an especially emotional one for Councilman Alan Warrick.
The man who represents the Eastside district with some of the most challenging policing issues in the Alamo City read aloud the names of all 99 homicide victims in San Antonio so far this year, as he announced his support for the agreement.
“I’m always going to be a black man–whether I’m a Councilman or not” Warrick told critics of the deal who were obviously disappointed in his stance.
Warrick also admitted he once was afraid of police when he was a younger man.
“I have to be here on this side of the dais… making decisions that move the entire City forward” Warrick said, before he was interrupted by a critic who accused him of betrayal.
“It’s not betrayal… I can’t betray myself” Warrick said.
The Councilman also spoke directly to those critical of the contract, emotion overtaking his voice.
“I love all of you for your fight, I love all of you for your struggle. But, this contract is going to move forward because I love the City of San Antonio” Warrick said.