Joaquin Castro Raises Police Contract Concern

His brother already pushed against the police contract, now he’s echoing the sentiment.

Congressman Joaquin Castro called the San Antonio police union contract deal “incomplete.”

He said the new pact addresses pay and benefits, but it does not address accountability reform.

We are living in a time when technology has revealed the tensions and conflicts between police and citizens. We cannot turn away or pretend that it doesn’t happen in San Antonio,” Castro said, in a statement. “Far too many citizens have been needlessly shot, injured or otherwise had their rights violated by officers performing below the standards of conduct expected of them.

He said this contract should address police use of force and bad conduct accountability.

“Good police officers represent the very best of our society,” he said. They should not have to compete for jobs, awards and promotions with bad officers. The bad ones should be weeded out rather than have their abuses swept under the rug.

He’s called on the city and the union to return to the table and work on accountability reform.

 

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