The City of San Antonio and the SA Police Officers Association (SAPOA) have reached an agreement on a new contract that must go before City Council for approval. However, the KSAT Channel 12 news and a local leftist anti-police group are spinning a negative view of the contract to prevent its passage by the SA City Council. The citizens of SA should support this contract because they need police services now more than ever.
The SA Current, KSAT-TV news and other local news outlets criticize the contract because it protects “bad” police officers. However, in today’s anti-police political atmosphere, all police officers are walking targets for leftist activists and liberal politicians. As a result, some people consider being a police officer a “bad” thing.
Act 4 SA, the Black Lives Matter-styled leftist group, claims they want “police reform” by controlling the SAPD and abolishing it with attrition. In addition, they want to create a challenging work environment for the officers and render it poorly staffed.
Also, Act 4 SA wants greater citizen oversight which means liberal/leftist citizens would influence and manage the police department. They want to be able to influence policy and terminate officers for any pretext. Police work is a demanding career, especially when liberal politicians and leftist activists defend and excuse criminals because of race and income.
The law-abiding citizens of San Antonio should understand the SAPOA contract is necessary to recruit and retain police officers. Unfortunately, the City is in the middle of a crime wave. There were 21% more homicides in 2021 than in 2020, and 2022 appears to be worse.
San Antonio is in the middle of a crime wave, and citizens need all the police officers we can hire and retain. Therefore, the SAPOA contract is vital for the police officers and all the SA citizens.
We should look at what has happened in cities that have defunded police departments and disrespected police officers. The SAPOA contract is a matter of public safety, and the voters and citizens must voice their support to the Mayor and City Council.