Could Julian Castro Derail City-Police Union Deal?

Concerns about the labor agreement between the City and the San Antonio Police Officers Association stretch all the way to Washington, D.C.

HUD Secretary Julian Castro has apparently contacted some city council members to say there’s a need for transparency and better disciplinary procedures for bad cops, something Councilman Rey Saldana has been saying.

Mayor Ivy Taylor told KTSA’s Trey Ware she talked to Castro about it Tuesday night.

“He just said that he thinks the disciplinary procedures are bad policy and I asked him why it’s so disturbing to him now and it wasn’t as disturbing when he was mayor,” she said on the Trey Ware morning show.

Taylor says those issues don’t have to be addressed as part of the labor contract.”The contract is not the only tool we have to strengthen police accountability and police community relations,” she said.

City council is expected to vote on the agreement September 1. It’s already been approved by the police union.

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